Cocktail Lovers Rejoice – This Piece of Angostura History Can Be Yours

Angostura Bitters Cocktail Book

In 1947 the fine folks at Angostura put together a pretty awesome book for bartenders. The “Professional Mixing Guide” is a combination of recipes, rules, history, hints and measures. There are cost and price charts to help determine a bars profit (the suggested drink prices range from 20¢ to 50¢) and there are even a couple of fun cartoons.

Just the way it’s written will take you to another time. Here’s a snippet from “The Importance of Sparkling Waters” section to show you what I mean:

“A customer may not know just why he has a favorite drinking place, but it is quite certain that the proper mixing of drinks requiring carbonated water has been an important factor in his decision. For a drink that is meant to be zestful must sparkle – and it must continue to sparkle until the last drop. A flat drink has no life, and for that reason a quality mixing agent is essential.”

Angostura Bitters Cocktail Book

If you’re into cocktails, history, or really cool stuff it’s a lot of fun to flip through this book. Plus, the recipes are great too.

There are obviously quite a few recipes that include Angostura Aromatic Cocktail Bitters but there are all kinds of other drinks too. You’ll only find the reprint here at KegWorks. If you happen to score an original at some grandma’s garage sale, please let us know and we’ll make an offer.



  • Rosie November 18, 2010 @ 3:44pm

    how is that strainer staying on top of that glass without somebody holding it? Magic?

    Maybe I’m just ignorant and didn’t know that they could do that?

  • Hannah November 18, 2010 @ 4:13pm

    Rosie – Great question! If the strainer is the correct size for the shaker, the spring will keep it in place.

  • Rosie November 19, 2010 @ 2:39am

    I figured somebody was playing with photoshop…

    I’m amazed that it doesn’t get pushed off from the ice.

    Hey…you learn something new everyday.

    -Thanx for the intel!

  • Hannah November 19, 2010 @ 9:00am

    Rosie – sure thing! Actually, this particular bar strainer also has 4 prongs to keep it further secured to the shaker –

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