The Merrie Christmas Drink Book decorated by Ruth McCrea Peter Pauper Press 1955

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Description

The Merrie Christmas Drink Book is a delightful cookbook filled with Christmas cheer. Unfortunately, Peter Pauper press does not disclose its author, which is too bad. However, she deserves credit for a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated survey.

In addition to the run of recognizably American cocktails, the Drink Book includes a chapter of "Party Punch Bowls" that dispenses, among lots of other good advice, two general guidelines for creating of your own:

“1. Never use Scotch, which is a bad mixer; and 2. If you use gin, use no other hard liquor in combination with it, and remember that gin mixes best with citrus fruits. Other liquors: brandy, rye, bourbon and rum, will mix with any fruit--and with each other--and with wine.”

Other advice is more mischievous, even theatrical, for example:

“Champagne or other sparkling wine in a punch prepared in the kitchen is a waste: soda water gives the same bubbles. But  Champagne added in public is a festive gesture.” (emphasis of course in original)

Many of the punches are British in origin, and one of them is from Antoine's restaurant in New Orleans. The recipes for Artillery, Bombay, Brandy Fish House, and Hot Rum punches originate in the Anglosphere pack a particular appeal.

The Merrie Christmas Drink Book is an excellent addition to your vintage Christmas recipe collection or home kitchen.

Condition

The cookbook The Merrie Christmas Drink Book decorated is in good condition for its age with no rips or tears. However, please note the wear and ink on the dust jacket and the previous owner's name stamped on the inside page.

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Book dimensions:8x5x1

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