Fix Me a Double

Sophisticated cocktails are back in vogue again. This 1946 gem, Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion, with “drawings almost from life,” by Rea Irvin, is a veritable bar-hound’s bible. It includes recipes for such shake-well beauties as “Euthanasia,” “The Goldfish,” “Whoops, My Dear,” “Hello, Lover” and “Pyschopathia Sexualis” (all starting with generous parts gin). There is also “Apricots for Little Tots” (which with its various parts cognac, gin and dry vermouth is not really for kids, although “leading pediatricians recommend apricots for the infantile diet”). There is also a recipe for the classic “Micky Finn.”

Lucius Beebe, who wrote the foreword, is also the author of his own Cocktail confabulation, with a cover by Paul Rand, who swore he never took a drop.

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One thought on “Fix Me a Double

  1. Dennis Hermanson

    I really enjoy your “blasts from the past” and it’s great to see Rea Irvin, venerable New Yorker, again.
    I rashly went to project gutenberg to see if this fine barguide was easily available. Another one of those ridiculous price schemes was in place on Amazon, $99 to $299. Really? Project Gutenberg wasn’t helpful either. So… thanks for the memories, at least for now. Maybe the AIGA might consider reprints of some of the wonderful art and illustration books in public domain, as a public service. Or a retired illustrator with a copy to scan. Sigh.
    Thanks to you, for scouring the wide-wide world of graphics to make us designers more than the sum of our own parts.
    and
    MERCI JC SUARES! (I know he was there in Spirit on the streets of Paris)

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