The Book of
Gins and Vodkas
The Book of Gins and Vodkas will make the reader an
instant expert on these increasingly popular spirits. Bob
Emmons, author of the widely-praised Book of Tequila
provides tasting notes on all premium and super-premium gins and
vodkas, from the most popular to the more obscure.
He explains historical and current production methods, recent
trends, and the different flavoring components of these liquors.
Emmons shares tips on organizing a tasting, suggests food
accompaniments, and includes recipes for martinis and other
This engaging volume serves both as an introductory guide and a
comprehensive resource to the romance, history, and little-known
facts about gins and vodkas.
"This is a detailed and authoritative guide. Tasting notices
are provided for 110 different vodkas and thirty-six different
gins retailed in America. These are well written and
entertaining... By peppering his work with interesting asides
and trenchantly held views, Bob Emmons has turned a turgid
analysis of these two spirits into an entertaining and amusing
—Times Literary Supplement
"Timely, well conceived and evenhanded. Emmons offers 'a
little history' of each white spirit and explains how each is
made. He describes the leading bands and offers cocktail
recipes. Give this as a present along with a brace or two of
"Once again, spirits author Bob Emmons has squarely hit the
mark with his terrific new book. . . clear, succinct, and packed
with the keen insights of not just a true believer, but an
accomplished and reliable authority. The Book of Gins and
Vodkas goes down as smoothly as a crisp gin and tonic on a
sweltering July day."
—F. Paul Pacult
author of Kindred Spirits