Café Royal Cocktail Book, Compiled by W.J. Tarling,1937

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, March 15th, 2015 · CitC, gaz regan's library

 Café Royal Cocktail Book, Compiled by W.J. Tarling, 1937

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I found this classic beauty in a used book store in Upstate New York in the late 1990s. I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it, but I’m pretty sure that I got it for less than ten bucks. luck find, huh?

The First Real American Bar

“The first real American bar to be opened in London was at the Criterion Restaurant about 1878 with Leo Engel as bartender.  Both the bar and bartender were imported from America and some wit of the times remarked that, ‘although the carved eagles, that adorned the bar, all sat up above, they had their human prototype working unceasingly below.’”  Café Royal Cocktail Book, 1937.

An Unskillfully Mixed Drink

“In the morning the merchant, the lawyer, or the Methodist deacon takes his cocktail.  Suppose it is not properly compounded?  The whole day’s proceedings go crooked because the man himself feels wrong from the effects of an unskillfully mixed drink.”  Café Royal Cocktail Book, 1937.

The Famous Jerry Thomas

“[The cocktail] was brought to England in 1859 by the famous Jerry Thomas, who visited London, Southampton and Liverpool exhibiting his art with the aid of a solid silver set of bar utensils valued at £1,000.” Café Royal Cocktail Book, 1937.

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