THE FIRST BRITISH BOOK CONTAINING COCKTAILS: FIRST EDITION OF TERRINGTON'S COOLING CUPS AND DAINTY DRINKS, 1869
TERRINGTON, William. Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks. A Collection of Recipes for "Cups" and Other Compounded Drinks, and of General Information on Beverages of All Kinds. London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1869. Octavo, original gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. $750.
First edition of the first book containing British cocktail recipes, featuring Sir Walter Raleigh's Ale Possett, the West Country Syllabub and many more, in original bright gilt-stamped cloth.
This complete book of drinks covers everything from wine to cordials to syrups. Interestingly, this work is particularly esteemed as the first British work to include cocktail recipes. "In 1869, the first British book containing cocktail recipes was published: William Terrington's Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks. Reaching back to that first use of the word cocktail, his first recipe was for a Gin Cocktail made with brandy or gin, ginger syrup, aromatic bitters, and a splash of water" (The Telegraph). Includes "those of Transatlantic 'notions'—many of which, owing to their racy character, are properly styled 'Sensations' by our Yankee cousins." Cocktail enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic will recognize old favorites such as the julep and sling, while encountering more exotic recipes such as the Arf-and-Arf, the Toast-and-Water, and the Rumfustian. First edition: with date on title page. Containing 16-page publisher's catalog at rear. Gabler G38730. Bitting, 458. Owner inscription above title page dated "Sept 1869," the year of publication. Later gift inscription.
Text quite fresh with inner hinges starting but firm, only lightest rubbing to bright cloth. A handsome about-fine copy.