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Louis' Mixed Drinks
by Louis Muckensturm, 1906,
Colonial Press, Boston.

This was one of the first books in the Ardent Spirits collection--I think that Bonnie Slotnick, an intrepid New York rare book seller, found it for us in the early 1990s.  Indeed, Bonnie found lots of our most important books for us.

Louis' Mixed Drinks is one of the first books to detail the Dry Martini Cocktail.  The recipe calls for 2 liqueur-glasses (ounces) Dry Gin, 1 liqueur glass French (dry) vermouth, a dash of curaçao, and 2 dashes of orange bitters.  The Martini Cocktail (not dry) in this books is made with Old Tom gin, Italian (sweet) vermouth, maraschino liqueur, Angostura bitters, and orange bitters.  This is a favorite book of mine for research.  Wish I could have met Louis!