My wife found this book in a local used book store. The 1957 edition and what appears to be the 11th printing. The inside cover of the book states, “Become a Magician – Learn 74 Unique tricks to mystify and entertain your customers and friends.” The first edition of this book was in 1935, an entirely different time, of course. The table of contents lays out a long list of “Absinthe Substitute Drinks,” Absinthe being very hard to find even in the 50s. It also has a long list of Apricot, Blackberry, Peach and Wild Cherry Brandy drinks, as well as Cobblers, Coolers Crème de Menthe, Crème de Yvette, Cups Daisies, Fixes, Fizzes, Flips, Kummels, Pousse Cafes, Rickies, Sangarees, Slings and Swizzles, Of course, there are hundreds of more standard types of drinks as well.
This is a warning to my liver. There’s a whole lot of experimenting going to happen. It’ll all get reported back to the Consumatorium, of course.