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Femme Guide to Butch Drinks. Part 3.

May 22, 2009

Book Review.

I’m no expert. Hell, i’m not even an amateur in the original sense. All i’m saying is that if you want a list of good books to learn to mix drinks from, this is not it.
I am inclined to think that you could tell a 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.) 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 without opening it. Can you blame me?
Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion.
I thought not. 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:
Crosby Gaige’s
Cocktail Guide
and
Ladies’ Companion
Richly Embellished with Drawings
Almost from Life
by
REA IRVIN
With a Foreward in Golden Prose
by
LUCIUS BEEBE
and
A Recessional or Final Insult
Hurled at the Reader
by
LAWTON MACKALL
Published for Hussies and Homebodies
by
M. BARROWS AND COMPANY
incorporated
At the FIRESIDE PRESS
NEW YORK
1949
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 *ahem* old fashioned drinks. It is far more interesting – and discerning – than my genering thousand drinks book.
Frankly, i’m smitten. It is clear that it was written to be utterly rediculous at the time
P.S. a note from my dictionary: “hussie” is derived from “housewife.” Hussies and homebodies, indeed! 

 

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:

 

I thought not.

I thought not.

 

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:

Crosby Gaige’s
Cocktail Guide
and
Ladies’ Companion

Richly Embellished with Drawings
Almost from Life
by
REA IRVIN

With a Foreward in Golden Prose
by
LUCIUS BEEBE
and

A Recessional or Final Insult
Hurled at the Reader
by
LAWTON MACKALL

Published for Hussies and Homebodies
by
M. BARROWS AND COMPANY
incorporated
At the FIRESIDE PRESS
NEW YORK
1949

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.

Lady Brett

P.S. a note from my dictionary: “hussie” is derived from “housewife.” Hussies and homebodies, indeed!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2009 12:06 pm

    OMG what a fantastic find! My favorite part is “A Recessional or Final Insult Hurled at the Reader.” Not really sure what a recessional is or why a writer of an afterword would want to insult the reader, but who cares? It looks like a delight.

    Have you tried any of the whiskey or bourbon recipes? If so, report back! Personally I’ve always love whiskey sours in the summertime but it’s almost impossible to get a good one these days because most sweet and sour mix is so terrible. Thoughts?

    xo
    SF

  2. Trond Oscar permalink
    May 24, 2009 5:45 am

    Oy vey!

    That is outrageously cheap, finding that book for a dollar. I varies from $45 to $90 (or thereabouts) on amazon. It´s at the very top of my wishlist! And I love gin…

    Soundtrack: “Alright, Already” by Combustible Edison

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