New York. Oscar Haimo. 1947.
Mixed drinks and bar guide; soft covers; 6 x 4 1/2 inches; 144 pp. Illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Drinks recipes are arranged alphabetically by name and, at the end of the booklet, once again alphabetically under the alcoholic product involved (for example: "gin" and a list of drinks or "scotch" and a list of drinks.) No "Bloody Mary" recipe is given: in this edition the drink is identified as a "Red Snapper." The covers of the book show wear: several light spots and a small ink doodle mar the front and rear cover while six silver stars on the rear cover have been crudely outlined in ink. Contents in very good clean condition. In the introductory pages of the booklet Haimo writes: "The professional barman has many obligations to the public. Courtesy, cleanliness, restrictions on smoking, drinking, etc... these you all know about. One obligation, however, of equal importance, many of you tend to forget: that a drink should be the same all over the country... Clearly what is needed is some standard for drink-mixing, some way to prepare drinks in similar fashion from state to state and region to region." It is with this objective in mind that Haimo has assembled his Cocktail and Wine Digest. Cover issues have been noted: contents in very good condition. An uncommon edition of Haimo's authoritative work, well-organized and nicely illustrated. Item #51956