Savoy Cocktail Book Jabberwocky
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Savoy Cocktail Book’s Jabberwock Cocktail

Savoy Cocktail Book’s Jabberwock: Here’s the recipe for the Jabberwock Cocktail from one of the most famous cocktail books or bartender’s books of all time. Inspired by Lewis Carroll and his looking glasss, the Savoy Cocktail Book guarantees the cocktail will make you “gyre and gimble in the wabe until brillig all right, all right.”

Savoy Cocktail Book Jabberwocky

Savoy Cocktail Book Jabberwocky

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Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930: Subtitled: Being in the main a complete compendium of the Cocktails, Rickeys, Daisies, Slings, Shrubs, Smashes, Fizzes, and other Drinks, known and vastly appreciated in this year of grace 1930, with sundry notes of amusement and interest concerning them, together with subtle Observations upon Wines and their special occasions. Being in the particular and elucidation of the Manners and Customs of people of qualityin a period of some equality. Compiled by Harry Craddock and illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold. Published by Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1930. Hardcover. 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.

The cover is worn and spotted. The pages are almost completely clean, except for the back fly leaf. It has a few pasted-on recipes and a hand written copy of the Hotel Sand’s recipe for Planter’s Punch! The binding is quite tight. Other copies of this edition now available on the Internet start at $1865.00.