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Forty Famous Cocktails

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Here’s a neat thingamajig I found in my Bartender’s Attic.  It’s a novelty item from the early years of the Twentieth Century.

Here’s how I’ve seen it described on-line:

This scarce item features a cardboard sleeve cheekily illustrated on both sides with small cut-out windows that reveal different cocktail recipes as you pull up on the inserted card. The recto is identified as: Forty Famous Cocktails: Being a Compendium of Reliable Recipes Carefully Compiled for Use in this Arid Era. Engraved with Humble Apologies to that Master Engraver John Held Jr. The verso is captioned: The Path to Perdition or a Scene from the Back Room in the Days When Life was Simple, with Apologies and a Toast to John Held Jr Master Eng. There are 40 cocktail recipes on the insert, including such classics as Side-Car, Old Fashioned, and Manhattan, as well as some more humorously named concoctions like Corpse Reviver, Bosom Caresser, and Monkey Gland.

And this is the front and back of the recipe insert:

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