Item #1684 Cocktail and Wine Digest. Oscar HAIMO.

Cocktail and Wine Digest

United States of America: International Cocktail, Wine and Spirits Digest, Inc., 1948.

As 'Maitre de Bar' at New York's Hotel Pierre in the 1940s, Oscar Haimo poured drinks for the best known celebrities of his time. Oscar Haimo self-published his 'Cocktail and Wine Digest'- in the drinks trade, it was known as the 'barman's bible'. Haimo wrote from his private notes and included his own poems & drawings, and interesting blue-tinted photographic plates of people and places in NYC.

About himself, Haimo said "the greatest thing in this mixologist's life is the 'cocktail par excellence'"-- perhaps referring to his prize-winning 'MacArthur' cocktail (lime juice, Triple Sec, Rum & Jamaican Rum, a dash of egg white, shaken well). Gossip-columnist Walter Winchell described this drink "as zingy as its name". Haimo indexed his cocktails A-Z. His categories include Fizzes/ Flips/ Punches/ Rickeys/ Shrubs/ Slings/ Smashes/ Sours/ Swizzles/ Toddies. 

"Cocktails and Wine Digest' is an engaging and handsome book of bar standards. Remarkably clean, square, bright and tight, 4"x 6"- a fine copy.

Provenance: signed by OSCAR HAIMO, inscribed at Christmas,1948-- to C.W. Abbott (founder of C.W. Abbott & Co., makers of cocktail bitters).

Item #1684

Octavo, bound in red decorated boards, 143 pages, photographs and illustrations throughout, a particularly fine copy.

Price (AUD): $375.00  other currencies

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