The Foundation of Bartending – Historical Books in Times of the Internet. Part 6: Literature after Prohibition until the USA’s Entry into World War 2 (1934 – 1941)


In this article we look at the bar books that appeared after Prohibition. Bar culture was weakened by Prohibition, as there were no longer many bartenders of the old ilk available, and it is difficult to recreate past times. With the entry of the USA into the Second World War, another caesura occurred.

[1934] American Traveling Mixologists (Charles C. Mueller, Al Hoppe Sr., A. V. Guzman & James Cunningham): Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933. Neuauflage der 1934 erschienenen Originalversionen: The Complete and Annotated Edition: Gins, Cognac Brandy, Rums, Irish & Scotch Whiskies, Rye & Bourbon Whiskies, Liqueurs & Cordials, Wines. Mixellany Limited, London, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9821074-3-0.

The volume with gin is available at

[1934] Anonymus: 100 Famous Cocktails. Published in collaboration with Oscar of The Waldorf. New York, Kenilworth Press, 1934. 2. Printing. 1. Printing.

[1934] Anonymus: A Life-Time Collection of 688 Recipes for Drinks. London, Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1934. Note: This is a reprint of Straub’s book “Drinks” from 1914.

[1934] Anonymus: An Anthology of Cocktails together with Selected Observations by a Distinguished Gathering and diverse Thoughts for Great Occasions. London, Booth’s Distilleries Ltd., ohne Jahr.

[1934] Anonymus: Angostura Recipes. Ohne Ort, ohne Jahr.

[1934] Anonymus: Apple Jack. How to Serve and a Collection of Celebrated Recipes. 1. Auflage. Herausgegeben von Laird & Company, Februar 1934.

[1934] Anonymus: Bar La Florida, Cocktails. Obispo y Monserrate, La Habana, Cuba, o.J.

[1934] Anonymus: Sloppy Joe’s Cocktails Manual. Havana, 1934.

[1934] Anonymus: The Complete Bartender’s Guide. How to Mix Drinks. A Manual of Quick Reference. 1934 Edition. Chicago, The Charles T. Powner Co., 1934

[1934] Anonymus: The Masterly Touch. Canada Dry Ginger Ale Incorporated, 1934

[1934] Anonymus: The Mixer of Beverages, Wines, Liquors. How and When To Serve Beverages With Meals. Over 100 Recipes of the Almost Forgotten Art. Boston, North Station Liquor Mart, ohne Jahr.

[1934] Anonymus: What goes with what. New York, Simplex Textured Reproductions, 1934.

[1934] Bengamin Gayelord Hauser: Here’s How to Be Healthy. New York, Tempo Books Inc., 1934.

[1934] Bernard: 100 Cocktails. How to Mix Them. London, W. Foulsham & Co., ohne Jahr. Note: Collectif1806 gives the year as 1934.

[1934] Charles Nicholas Reinhardt: Punches and Cocktails. New edition, revised and enlarged. New York, Arden Book Company, 1934

[1934] G. F. Steele: My New Cocktail Book. 2. Auflage. New York City, Eigenverlag, 1934.

[1934] Harry Jerrold Gordon: Gordon’s Cocktail and Food Recipes. Canapes and Tastybits for the Cocktail Hour. The Etiquette of Serving Wines and Liquors. Boston, C. H. Simonds Company, 1934.

[1934] Harry Johnson: The New and Improved Illustrated Bartenders’ Manual or: How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style, Containing Valuable Instructions and Hints by the Author in Reference to the Management of a Bar, a Hotel and a Restaurant; also a Large List of Mixed Drinks, including American, British, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, etc., with Illustrations and a Comprehensive Description of Bar Utensils, Wines, Liquors, Ales, Mixtures, etc., etc. Revised Edition. Newark, Charles E. Graham & Co., 1934.

[1934] Harry McElhone: Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails. 10. Auflage. London, Dean & Son Ltd, ohne Jahr. Note: Collectif1806 gives the year as 1934.

[1934] Ira A. Altschul: Drinks as They Were Made Before Prohibition. Santa Barbara, 1934

[1934] Irvin S. Cobb: Irvin S. Cobb’s Own Recipe Book. Louisville & Baltimore, Frankfort Distilleries Incorporated, 1934.

[1934] Jean Robert Meyer: „Bottoms Up“. New York, The John Robert Meyer Studio, 1934

[1934] Magnus Bredenbek: What Shall We Drink? Popular Drinks, Receipes, and Toasts. London, T. Werner Laurie Ltd., 1934.

[1934] Patrick Gavin Duffy: The Official Mixer’s Manual. New York, Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, ohne Jahr.

The book can be traced to the end of 1933 through an entry in the„Library of Congress’ Catalog of Copyright Entries“. The official copyright was confirmed for 2 January 1934. [1] (view only)

[1934] Tom and Jerry: How to Mix Drinks. Washington, Maxine Publishing Company, 1934.

[1934] Tom and Jerry: How to Mix Drinks. Ohne Ort, Ohne Jahr. Note: This book differs from the one of the same name, which we also have in the list, with the indication 1934. In this edition, no year is given, but there is a chapter called “1934 Additions”. Both editions are very different! Collectif1806 also gives the year 1934 for this edition.

[1934] William T. Boothby: „Cocktail Bill“ Boothby’s World Drinks and How to Mix Them. San Francisco, The Recorder Printing & Publishing Co., 1934.

[1935] Adrian: Cocktail Fashions of 1936. New York, F. P. Aguado & Co., 1935.

[1935] Albert Stevens Crockett: The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book. With Amendments due to Repeal of the XVIIIth. Giving the Correct Recipes for Five Hundred Cocktails and Mixed Drinks known and served at the Wolrd’s Most Famous Brass Rail before Prohibition, together with More than One Hundred Established Formulas for Cocktails and Other Beverages, Originated while Prohibition was in Effect. The Whole Flavored with Dashes of History Mixed in a Shaker of Anecdote and Served with a Chaser of Illuminative Information. New York, Eigenverlag, 1935.

[1935] Anonymus: A Guide to Cooling Hot-Weather Drinks. Ohne Ort, Calvert, ohne Jahr.

[1935] Anonymus: Bar La Florida Cocktails. La Habana, Obispo y Monserrate, ohne Jahr.

[1935] Anonymus: Cocktail Memoirs of Fresco Lime. A tart and aromatic fruit of the West Indies. New York, American Lime Corporation, ohne Jahr.

[1935] Anonymus: Cocktails Recommended. Baltimore, Calvert-Maryland Distilling Co., 1935.

[1935] Anonymus: Fancy Drinks. How to Mix Them. Buffalo, Pulsam Co., 1935.

[1935] Anonymus: For Home Use. A book of reference on many subjects relative to the table. Dritte Auflage. Port-of-Spain, Angostura Bitters Ltd., 1935.

[1935] Anonymus: Sloppy Joes Cocktail Manual. Havana, Sloppy Joe’s Bar,1935.

[1935] Anonymus: The Art of Mixing Drinks. Helpful Hints for the Hostess. The Legend of Liqueurs, Wines and Spirits. Deluxe Fourth Edition. Chicago, Reilly & Lee Company, 1935.

[1935] Gustav Selmer Fougner: Along the Wine Trail. An Anthology of Wines and Spirits. Boston, The Stratford Company, 1935

[1935] John Held: Peychaud’s New Orleans Cocktails. Ohne Ort, 1935.

[1935] Leo Cotton: Old Mr. Boston. Official Bartender’s Guide. Boston, Ben Buric Inc., 1935.

[1935] O. Blunier: The Barkeeper’s Golden Book. The exquisite Book of American Drinks. Zürich, Morgarten-Verlag A.G., 1935.

[1935] Sterling North & Carl Kroch: So Red The Nose or Breath in the Afternoon or Breath in the Afternoon. Cocktail Recipes by 30 Leading Authors. New York, Farrar & Rinehart inc., 1935.

[1936] Anonymus: Cocktails and Appetizers. New York, The Keystone Publishing Company, ohne Jahr.

[1936] Anonymus: Cocktails, Drinks and Snacks. Lowville, Lewis County Publishing Co., 1936.

[1936] Anonymus: Exclusive Cocktails From the Recipes of Usher’s Hotel. 2. Auflage. Sidney, Usher’s Hotel, 1936.

[1936] Anonymus: Sloppy Joe’s Cocktails Manual. Havana, 1936.

[1936] Bill Edwards: Drinks. How to Make and How to Serve Them. Philadelphia, David McKay Company, 1936.

[1936] Elvezio Grassi: 1000 Misture. Bologna, Licino Capelli, 1936.

[1936] Frank A. Thomas: Wines, Cocktails and other Drinks. New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1936.

[1936] Frank Meier: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks. Paris, Fryam Press, 1936.


[1936] Raymond Porta Mingot: Gran Manual de Cocktails. Ohne Ort, 1936.

[1937] Anonymus: Bar Florida Cocktails. La Habana, Obispo y Monserrate, ohne Jahr.

[1937] Anonymus: Here’s how. Being a Symposium of Receipes of Good Cheer … A Dictionary for the Wine Connoisseur and a Most Helpful Guide to the Host and Hostess Who May or May Not Posses a Wine Cellar or Cocktail Bar. 2. Auflage. London, Victoria Wine Co. Ltd., 1937.

[1937] Anonymus: Here’s How. A Great Mixer in Any Company. Ohne Ort, Ohne Jahr. Note: Collectif1806 gives the year as 1937.

[1937] Anonymus: Hotel „Lincoln“ Cock-tail Book. Havana, 1937.

[1937] John R. Iverson: Liquid Gems. A Book of Drinks for the Fastidious Drinker. Ohne Ort, Eigenverlag, 1937.

[1937] Julio Castro: Autococktail „Castro“. Recetario moderno para la preparacion de toda clase de cocktails. 450 cocktails diferentes. Buenos Aires, 1937.

[1937] R. de Fleury: 1800 – And All That. Drinks Ancient and Modern. London, The St. Catherine Press, 1937.

[1937] Stanley Clisby Arthur: Famous New Orleans Drinks and how to mix ’em. Nouvelle Orleans, Harmanson, 1937. [2]

[1937] United Kingdom Bartenders Guild: Approved Cocktails. London, Pall Mall ltd., ohne Jahr. Note: Collectif1806 gives the year as 1935.


[1937] William J. Tarling: Café Royal Cocktail Book. Coronation Edition. London, Pall Mall Ltd.,1937.


[1938] Anonymus: Cocktails. Mixed Drinks as served at the Cafe-Bar Martinique. 6. Auflage. New York, Hotel Martinique Broadway, 1938.

[1938] Anonymus: Sloppy Joe’s Cocktail Manual. Havana, 1938.

[1938] Anonymus: The Cocktail Hour. London, Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, 1938.

[1938] Anonymus: The Merry Mixer. New York, Schenley Products Co., 1938.

[1938] Hyman Gale & Gerald F. Marco: The How and When. Ohne Ort, ohne Jahr. Anmerkung: Collectif106 nennt das Jahr 1937. Doch im Buch wird das fünfzigjährige Jubiläum 1938 erwähnt. Wir setzen das Jahr daher auf 1938.

[1938] Jean Lupoiu: Cocktails. Paris, Les Œuvres Françaises, 1938.

[1938] Krönlein-Beutel: Das Getränkebuch. Nordhausen am Harz, Heinrich Killinger Verlagsgesellschaft, ohne Jahr.

[1938] Robert Vermeire: L’art du cocktail. Bruxelles, ohne Jahr.

[1938] Stanley Clisby Arthur: Famous New Orleans Drinks and how to mix ’em. Third Printing. Nouvelle Orleans, Harmanson, 1938.

This is the reprint of the first edition from 1937.


[1939] Ambrose Heath: Good Drinks. London, Faber & Faber Ltd., 1939.

[1939] Anonymus: Bar La Florida Cocktails. Ohne Ort, Ohne Jahr.

[1939] Anonymus: Cuna del Daiquiri Cocktail. La Habana, ohne Jahr.

[1939] Anonymus: Floridita Cocktails. Ohne Ort, Ohne Jahr.

[1939] Anonymus: Sloppy Joe’s Cocktail Manual. Havana, 1939.

[1939] Charles Browne: The Gun Club Drink Book. New York & London, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939.

[1939] Charles H. Baker, Jr.: The Gentleman’s Companion, Volume II. Being an Exotic Drink Book or, Around the World With a Jigger, Beaker and Flask. Including: A personally collected Regiment of World-Famous Lively Liquid Masterpieces from Greater & Lesser Ports of Orient & Occident, & the South Seas. Not Forgetting: The Proper & Civilized Service of Beverages with Foods, together with Proven Formulae for Home Construction of Certain Bitters, Wines, Meads & Cordials; a Meaty Kernel of Advice for Those Departing for the Bars, & in the Last a Sextet of Temperance Delights, & a Platoon of Picker-Uppers of Proven Worth & Discretion. New York, The Derrydale Press, 1939.

[1940] Anonymus: Libro de cocina. Buenos Aires, Cía Sansinena Soc. Anón., 1940.

[1940] Anonymus: Professional Mixing Guide. New Revised Edition 1940-1941. New York, The Angostura-Wuppermann Corporation, 1940.

[1940] Anonymus: Recipes. Chicago, Chicago Bartenders and Beverage Dispensers’ Union, 1940.

[1940] Anonymus: Sloppy Joe’s Cocktail Manual. Havana, 1940. Note: Excluding pages 25-31.

[1940] Charles: The Cocktail Book. London, W. Foulsham & Co. Ltd., ohne Jahr.

[1940] Crosby Gaige: Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion. New York, M. Barrows And Company, 1941.

[1940] Patrick Gavin Duffy: The Official Mixer’s Manual. The Standard Guide for Professional and Amateur Bartenders Throughout the World. New York, Blue Ribbon Books, 1940. Note: The first edition was published in 1934.

[1940] Pedro Talavera: Los secretos del cocktail. Madrid, Gráhcas Afrodisio Aguado S. A., 1940.

[1941] Anonymus: Book of Hospitality. Ohne Ort, Gooderham & Worts Limited, ohne Jahr.

[1941] Anonymus: Especialidades del mundo. Ohne Ort, Peters Hnos. S.A. y Avilés, Moroni S.A., ohne Jahr.

[1941] W. C. Whitfield: Here’s How. Mixed Drinks. Asheville, Three Mountaineers inc., 1941. (view only)

  1. The Bibulous Bibliography. 1920-1933 (Prohibition).
  2. The Bibulous Bibliography. 1934–1951 (Years of Reform).

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