I picked up this recipe book a few years ago at an estate sale. It is a real piece of history! Great graphics and great recipes and a perfect picture of a totally different and more glamorous age. Some parts of it are just too funny. And of course I was ecstatic to find it, due to my love of old movies and art deco and all that good stuff.
“Hollywood’s Favorite Cocktail Book – including the favorite cocktail served at each of the smartest stars’ rendezvous. (Whenever it becomes legal to serve.) Food and Wine Combinations. Buzza-Cardozo of Hollywood.”
Copyright: 1st Printing, Nov 29, 1933, 2nd Printing, Dec. 9, 1933, 3rd Printing, Dec 20, 1933.
I think the “Whenever it becomes legal to serve.” part is kind of nifty.
Cool graphics! The former owner pasted a few extra recipes in the front of the book with stylin’ red tape.
Allow me to show you a few more of the nice drawings.
Very cool simplicity.. so few lines but you totally get the feeling of the era.
A number of the cocktails are named after celebrities of the day. Here you can see the “Garbo Gargle” and the “Ginger Rogers,” but there’s also The Douglas Fairbanks, The Elissa Landi, the Jack Depsey, the Jean Harlow, the Johnny Weismuller, The Lindbergh, The Lupe Velez, the Mae West, The Marlene Dietrich, The Mary Pickford, The Max Baer, The Roscoe Turner, The President Roosevelt, The “Schnozzle Durante”, The Sylvia Dee, The Van Gorder, and The Will Rogers.
I can only assume if you were famous enough to have a cocktail named after you , then you were really doing good for yourself.
Forgive me for going on and on, but I have to tell you some other funny cocktail names:
The Atta Boy, The Blood & Sand, The Between The Sheets Cocktail, The Broken Spur, The Bosom Caresser, The Corpse Reviver, The Damn-The-Weather, The Extra Girl, The Loud Speaker, The Maiden’s Prayer, The Monkey Gland, The Poop-Poop-A-Doop, The Prairie Oyster, Satan’s Whiskers, Sudden Death, The Welcome Stranger, and the XYZ.
Additionally there are signature cocktails from famous Hollywood hangouts like The Brown Derby, The Embassy Club and The Hi Ho, among others.
Here’s part of the wine guide. Also a lot of the cocktails have strange ingredients that aren’t often seen these days, such as absinthe and raw eggs… .. and some stuff I’ve never heard of.
Probably the best part is this “The Morning After” hangover cure page, printed upside down and crooked on the last page of the book.. 4 of the 6 “cures” involve still more alcohol, and #3 is “Hot Clam Broth,” which I can not even imagine trying to down when hungover, yuck! Note the last cure, tomato juice, is “only if others are not available.”
I hope you enjoyed this little waltz through classic Hollywood. I can upload a few more pictures from this later, if you enjoyed it. Oh, and I haven’t tried ANY of these cocktails.. alcohol is so expensive!! But it’s on my “to-do” list. A Schnozzle Durante, anyone?