Words for the wise: “Never use the same ice twice.”

The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930

In 1920, when Prohibition became law, American booze hounds grabbed their passports and headed for friendlier waters. Harry Craddock—a barman who came up in New York’s most revered cocktail clubs—landed at the Savoy Hotel and quickly rose to fame as the premiere mixologist of his time. (During his time at the Savoy, his likeness was even sculpted in wax at Madame Tussauds.) 

Compiled in his 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book are over 1000 of Craddock’s original and collected cocktails. A few words from the forward: 


1. Ice is nearly always an absolute essential for any Cocktail.

2. Never use the same ice twice.

3. Remember that the ingredients mix better in a shaker rather larger than is necessary to contain them.

4. Shake the shaker as hard as you can: don’t just rock it: you are trying to wake it up, not send it to sleep!

5. If possible, ice your glasses before using them.

6. Drink your Cocktail as soon as possible. Harry Craddock was once asked what was the best way to drink a Cocktail: “Quickly,” replied that great man, “while it’s laughing at you!”