Modern American Drinks. How to Mix and Serve All Kinds of Cups and Drinks.

Akron, OH: Saalfield Publishing Co., [1902].

Octavo ( x cm.), 120, [8] pages. Publisher's advertisements. Second Edition. A second printing of this edition appeared in 1906, with 12 pages of publisher's advertisements. A significant American cocktail recipe book, from the barman of the Holland House Hotel in New York City. In his preface to the Mud Puddle facsimile of this title, "Dr. Cocktail" Ted Haigh describes the author, "Kappeler was a different animal... His guide [...] was the tortoise to the others' hare; slow and steady wins the race... Kappeler, with his old, description-style recipes was the new style bartender. He was the no-nonsense bar master. He was the guy you knew would make your drink right because it wasn't all about him. It was about you." Haigh goes on to state that one of Kappeler's real accomplishments with Modern American Drinks was the large number (he counts seventy-five) of new drinks. Black and orange-decorated brown cloth is soiled. Text block age-toned at edges, but not brittle, which is often encountered with this title. Holiday gift tag to front paste-down. Near very good. Scarce in all printings. [OCLC locates seventeen copies of all early (pre-1910 printings].

Price: $600.00

See all items by