The Gorham Cocktail Book. New York: Gorham Mfg Company, (1905).
First Edition. Original limp tan leather, blindstamped at front cover, 5" by 3 1/2", 48 pages. Fabulous little volume of cocktail recipes, one of only two recipe books to include the Liberal Cocktail. Two recipes are food items: Clam Cocktail and the Oyster Cocktail. Three of them are drinks that are technically not cocktails: Chocolate Cocktail (a flip), Coffee Cocktail (flip), and the Soda Cocktail (a soft-drink). The other forty-five recipes are true cocktails. "No cobblers, Collinses, coolers, fixes, fizzes, highballs, juleps, punches or sours in it. The majority of today’s so-called ‘craft cocktails’ (most of them actually sours or other short punches) would not have passed muster to get into the Gorham Cocktail Book." [Andrew Willett, Elemental Mixology] A scarce title. Textually Very Good, but covers are worn, some loss at upper front and lower rear panel with signs of staining.