2015 Reprint of the 1900 edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This pre-Prohibition bartender guide is considered by many drink enthusiasts to be one of the most important cocktail books of the era, with dozens of recipes that had never been published before, including the first record of the Old Fashioned cocktail and the Widow's Kiss. Kappeler, who was the head bartender at the Holland House Hotel at Fifth and Thirtieth in Manhattan, writes in his preface:
"The recipes contained in this book are for the proper mixing of all kinds of drinks, such as Absinthes, Cocktails, Cups, Crustas, Cobblers, Coolers, Egg Noggs, Fixes, Fizzes, Flips, Juleps, Lemonades, Punches, Pousse Cafes, Frozen Beverages, etc. The formulas are simple, practical, and easy to follow and are especially intended for use in first-class Hotels, Clubs, Buffets, and Barrooms, where, if adopted and concocted according to directions given, they will be entirely satisfactory to the caterer and pleasing to the customer, the latter of whom will immediately notice a marked improvement in his favorite beverages."