Since London’s The Savoy first opened the American Bar in 1889, the hotel’s watering hole has been a mecca for cocktail lovers—even today, the bar ranks at number five in the world. One of the bar’s most famous faces was Harry Craddock, who manned the bar in the 1920s and invented a range of classic cocktails including the Corpse Reviver No. 2.
Craddock’s recipes are largely considered the gold standard for today’s cocktails—Gaz Regan once dubbed them “the 20th century’s most important tome of its kind.” In “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” Craddock documents hundreds of recipes for punches, fizzes, martinis, and beyond. Many of these recipes still grace today’s best cocktail menus.
This 2013 reproduction is a facsimile of the 1930s original and still captures the mood of the era. The book is filled with full-colour illustrations of Art Deco cocktails and 1920s imbibers smoking, drinking, eating, and dancing in the famed bar. Even the language is of the times—at one point, Craddock declares the Corpse Reviver No. 1 to “be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.”