Five Rare Books for Collectors: Vintage Cocktail Recipe Books

Yesterday’s Gallery & Babylon Revisited Rare Books

Punches and Cocktails by Charles of Delmonicos, 1934

Highlights from Yesterday’s Gallery & Babylon Revisited Rare Books latest catalogue, 167, of Vintage Cocktail Recipe Books:

* Bar La Florida Cocktails, 1939
Uncommon collection of cocktail recipes used as a promotion for the Bar La Florida. The bar was a favorite of Hemingway.

* The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, 1930
One of the most recognizable and decorative cocktail books.

* Bar Magic with Bohemian Liquors, 1935
Uncommon cocktail recipe booklet, no copies found on WorldCat.

* Punches and Cocktails by Charles of Delmonicos, 1934
Uncommon cocktail recipe book. From the introduction: "Today, that Art of creating exquisite drinks to match exquisite moods is gasping on its death-bed, and the dull ogre, Puritanism, supplanting the Skeleton, sits gloating by the bed-side". 

* Drinking Terms Illustrated by Heublein Brothers, 1901
Humorous collection of drinking terms and illustrations, used as an advertisement piece for Heublein Brothers Club Cocktails, and includes one drink recipe, 'Heublein's Club Punch' at last page.