Famous New Orleans drinks and how to mix ‘em, Stanley Arthur
The cocktail guide as literature. “A classical work.” according to H. L. Mencken. Arthur is quite the raconteur, and tells lively tales about the history of NOLA’s most famous drinks, including the Sazerac and the Vieux Carré. Included is his take on the origin of the work “cocktail” — a great story that may even be true. Sure, you can buy a cheap facsimile of this book, but it sure is ugly. It doesn’t take too much more time or effort to score a prettier, vintage version like the copy I found on ebay and photographed below.