VERMEIRE, Robert. L’Art du Cocktail.

(Brussels): Imprimerie des Efficients, [1930]. First edition. Slim octavo. 127 pages and 30 pages of adverts. A French translation and slightly revised edition of the author’s 1922 classic, Cocktails. How to Mix Them, which was the first volume to print the recipe for the sidecar. Vermeire, one of the most influential cocktail personalities of the past century, was a Belgian bartender who plied his trade in London during the European Golden Age before opening ‘Roberts’ in Knokke, Belgium. The volume includes recipes for Slings, Fizzes, Cobblers as well as recipes for medicinal drinks, such as the usual hot toddy for a cold, but also absinthe for a headache and champagne for seasickness. This is a very good copy in a nice example of the scarce dust jacket. Jacket with small chip to bottom front corner, a few closed tears and some creasing to the rear panel. A very pleasing copy of this classic cocktail book.


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