Savoy Cocktail Book Hints: Here are “A Few Hints for the Young Mixer” from one of the most famous bartender’s books of all time, The Savoy Cocktail Book, first published in 1930. This little list gives you a taste of the wonderfully clever quality of the text for this book. A few samples of the illustrations, by Gilbert Rumbold, should give you a taste of its wonderfully clever artistic quality.
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Savoy Cocktail Book, 1933: Compiled by Harry Craddock and illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold. Published by Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1933. Hardcover. Second Printing of the Second Edition, new and enlarged. Pages 282-286 list “New and Additional Cocktails.” 287 pages. Cloth for spine cover, hard cover. Lettered in black, decorative end papers. No dust jacket. Binding is sound, very tight. The illustrations are still vivid, and I have a feeling that you could decode the 1920s by closely decoding them.
The book is presented in two parts: Part I is “Cocktails.” Part II, “Wines,” has five-page introduction by “Colette,” the French novelist. First published in 1930, three years before this new and enlarged edition. A compendium featuring some 750 of Craddock’s popular classics, including the famous Corpse Reviver #2, which he invented, and the Dry Martini, which he popularized. An American, Craddock relocated London’s Savoy Hotel after Prohibition. His bar book was one of the first to not only list drink recipes but also to provide a wine guide. Cocktails include sours, toddies, flips, eggnog, Tom Collins, slings, shrubs, highballs, fizzes, coolers, Ricky’s, daisies, juleps, smashes, cobblers, frappes, punches, and cups.
This copy is not pristine. The cover is worn and spotted. Some pages have very light spots, but all of them are completely legible. Most of the pages are completely clean and clear. The binding is quite tight. A 1930s copy of the Savoy Cocktail Book is quite difficult to find. Other copies of this edition now available on the Internet start at $1865.00.