Femme Guide to Butch Drinks. Part 3.
I’m no expert. Hell, i’m not even an amateur in the original sense. If you want a list of good books to learn to mix drinks from, this is not really it.
I am inclined to think that you could tell a fair bit about me from my book collection. So, my books on the subject of drinking are: 1000 Drinks! (or some such), Cocktails for Dummies: Pocket Edition (what? it was a dollar. Handy, too, when one hasn’t the patience for 1000 damn drinks.), the Esquire Handbook for Hosts and Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion (come to think of it, that was a dollar too).
It is the latter this is about. Frankly, i bought it at the annual library booksale without even opening it. Can you blame me?
Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion:
It is the most rediculous and fantastic piece of writing i’ve ever owned – or read, for that matter.
My copy is as of the seventh printing (1949), and i do not think there is a better way to describe this book than to copy the title page:
Richly Embellished with Drawings
Almost from Life
With a Foreward in Golden Prose
A Recessional or Final Insult
Hurled at the Reader
Published for Hussies and Homebodies
M. BARROWS AND COMPANY
At the FIRESIDE PRESS
In a lighthearted mood the book is a fantastic (read: rediculous) read. Fortunately it is only about 1/3 actual writing. Even in a lighthearted mood more than that might weigh on one. Past that, i truly appreciate the recipes. It has a few food recipies for entertainig, none of which i’ve tried. But i’ve looked through the drink recipes, and tried a number of the whiskey ones. Primarily i like to have an “authentic” source for old fashioned drinks. It is far more interesting – and discerning – than my generic thousand drinks book.
Frankly, i’m smitten with it’s ridiculousness.
On the down side, it’s largest segment is dedicated to gin drinks. That’s really a factor of the era, but it’s a shame for me that i like classic cocktails and can’t stand gin.
P.S. a note from my dictionary: “hussie” is derived from “housewife.” Hussies and homebodies, indeed!