Updated on May 24, 2015
Today I thought I’d share with you an absolute gem of a book I found in an auction: ‘The Savoy Cocktail Book’.
It was first published in 1930, but I think this is a third edition from 1933. I’m quite interested to know if it has any value (I know the first editions do, I couldn’t find information about this one online anywhere).
At the beginning is the following paragraph:
Being in the main a complete compendium of the Cocktails, Rickeys, Daisies, Slings, Shrubs, Smashes, Fizzes, Juleps, Cobblers, Fixes, 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 an elucidation of the Manners and Customs of people of quality in a period of some equality.
There are hundreds of recipes in here, many of them beautifully illustrated, including egg noggs, punches and a whole section on wines. There are classic cocktails and ones I’ve never heard of. I haven’t made any from this book yet, but I’m saving it for when I am rich and have a drinks cabinet. Then I will don a full-length gown and drink the nectar of the 1930s.