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The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book (Classic Cocktail Books series) Hardcover – June 27, 2003
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A post-prohibition collection of pre-prohibition drink recipes based on the bar manual of the Waldorf-Astoria bar. This is a must have for anyone who has or indulges in the finer things in life.
About the Author
<DIV>Albert Stevens was a noted historian of the Waldorf-Astoria during the days of prohibition.
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The recipes are also great, although antique in their ingredients. I have dog eared and made notation of drinks that I could use in a daily basis, but really some of these drinks require speciality liquors. Which of course is just motivation to increase my bar collection.
Be ready to buy Orange Bitters if you haven't already!
One of my best purchases on amazon.com in awhile.
Mr. Jasper's review seems to miss one key element: Yes Mr. Crockett sounds a bit old and crusty and like he's telling your grandfather's stories...this book was published in 1935! Not only that, his assumed title on the first page is "Historian of the Old Waldorf-Astoria." And yes, by no means is this a good book for those wishing to mix modern drinks for a run-of-the-mill bar crowd. There are countless others out there for that purpose. However, it is an excellent read on the origin of modern cocktails, and spins some intriguing stories of the pre-Prohibition era. Perhaps it will inspire modern imbibers to seek out things like orange bitters, Benedictine, and a complement of glassware. Oh and by the way, Mr. Crockett recommends rye whiskey for the Manhattan. ;)
A related book (written 60 years later or so) is the excellent Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century (Harrington, Moorhead). It contains small essays on all the classic coktails as well recipes, background information, mixing techniques, etc. For some reason this book is still out of print, leading to ridiculous prices of $65 or more in the used market. If you can't score a copy you can read most of it at the Hotwired Cocktailtime web site.