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"Harry Craddock was once asked what was the best way to drink a Cocktail: 'Quickly,' replied the great man, 'while it's laughing at you!'" – From the Forward of The Savoy Cocktail Book

In 1930, Harry Craddock*, a barman at London's Savoy Hotel, published a book featuring what would become some of the most well-known and influential cocktail recipes. The Savoy Cocktail Book is still considered a cocktail bible of sorts amongst bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts today. It helps that it's a gorgeous book, too, with colorful Art Deco illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold that'll take you back to those sophisticated and glamorous days of cocktail yore.

This updated hardcover version of The Savoy Cocktail Book features 750 original recipes from the legendary hotel, as well as a new introduction and new recipes developed by The Savoy over the years since the book's first publication.

*Craddock was once thought to be an American ex-pat, but as pointed out by one of our blog readers, it was recently discovered that he was a Brit by birth!
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  • It’s a little know fact, but Harry Craddock was actually born in England!

    See Erik Ellestad’s blog post about this.
    http://savoystomp.com/2013/02/13/gunnersbury-tube-station/index.html

    I believe Jared Brown (Mixellany) was the one who uncovered this information. He wrote about Harry Craddock’s history in The Deans of Drink (with Anistatia Miller)

    Frogprincesse on

  • Hi Frogprincesse, thanks for the info! Will update this post with the correction.

    Sarah on

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