on July 14, 2009
Originally published in 1891, and now deftly edited by David Burkhart for this new 2009 New Anchor Distilling edition for the Anchor Brewing Company, "Cocktail Boothby's American Bar-Tender" is basically a faithful photomechanical reproduction of a true classic that has long been out of print and only available as a rare (and expensive) antiquarian book acquisition. There are 361 drink recipes listed in its pages, some of which are long forgotten preparations for esoteric beverages, while others are instantly recognizable by drink connoisseurs today. These drink recipes include instructions for mixing abinsthes, cocktails, coolers, cobblers, crustas, fixes, flips, fizzes, hot drinks, lemonades, punches, sangarees, shakes, toddies, and more. Of quaint and fascinating interest is the circa 1890s information provided regarding the retail liquor business, printed advertisements, and a sixteen page 'Addenda' that reproduces hand written notes that were found lodged in the original 1891 edition of "Cocktail Boothby's American Bar-Tender". Enhanced with such newly discovered photographs and biographical material, "Cocktail Boothby's American Bar-Tender" is a true treasure to be added to the browsing and reference shelf of any and all amateur and professional bar tenders playing the trade for friends, family, customers, and clientele.
on June 20, 2009
If you're a diehard cocktail aficionado, a professional bartender or just a novice mixologist, this book is a must-have for anybody who loves to mix drinks, or just drink them! With William Cocktail Boothby's original drink recipes in this book, you get a feel for where many of todays mixed drinks come from as well as what traditions and practices haven't changed in the last 100 years. The greatest part of this book is the unique window into a little bit of the history of San Francisco and the personality of Cocktail Boothby and his philosophy regarding the art of mixing drinks. A philosophy which seems forgotten by many of today's bartenders.
Over-all this book provides a great window into old-time San Francisco through it's unique drinks and it's uniquely famous bartender Cocktail Boothby. Easy 5 star recommendation.