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It has seemed to us that since the return of legal liquor, there has been a very genuine and widely felt need for a standard book on drinks, a book that could be relied on in any bibulous contingency both by the ambitious amateur and by the seasoned professional bartender. It is not only that once again good liquor is available, but also various ingredients that have been merely myth and legend to the younger generation of celebrants, such as Chartreuse or Amer picon, have returned to the enjoyment of that respect and appreciation that was formerly accorded them by an unshackled public.
if there is anything to better stoke the ol schaden feuer of being a budding alcohol snob it is getting a copy of bartender’s guide that was published literally the year after Prohibition was lifted. a handsome and handy reference, this.