The Cocktail Book

A new edition of the classic published at the turn of the 20th century, this is a both connoisseur’s curiosity and a practical guide to mixing drinks at home.

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The Cocktail Book

First published in 1900, The Cocktail Book was the earliest book devoted purely to the art of the cocktail. For 30 years – including the furtive years of Prohibition in the United States – it was a staple of well-stocked bars. Original copies of this 20th century classic are now extremely rare, so The British Library has reissued this beautiful edition with a new design and a series of illustrations.

The collection allows a modern audience to rediscover the joy of classic cocktails, with early recipes for the Whisky Sour, Mint Julep, Manhattan and more, as well as more experimental concoctions for the adventurous drinker. There are also chapters on non-alcoholic drinks, choosing, serving and caring for wines, and a glossary. It’s the ideal gift for anyone looking to perfect their own mixing skills, throw an extravagant party or learn about the history of cocktails.

Production Details

The Cocktail Book book
  • Published by The British Library Publishing
  • Hardback
  • 80 pages
  • 12 black & white illustrations
  • 200 × 130mm

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