New York: Party Book, 1956. Small octavo, publisher's stapled illustrated wraps.
"Cocktails are the kickoff to your party. Mixed with loving care and served with an alert appreciation for details, they can get everybody off on the right foot. Sloppily slung together and as carelessly served, they can throw the whole proceeding into a lackadaisical mood from which it might never recover. Mind your jiggers and shakers and everyone will be happier." Vintage holiday season catalog from NYC's still-standing Astor Place Wine & Liquors. Includes party suggestions with tips, from "inviting new people as well as the old crowd" to "never reuse ice!"; cocktail recipes for a variety of winter medleys such as "Between the Sheets," "Black Velvet," "Bronx Cocktail," and "Brandy Smash"; and assorted advertisements and colorful illustrations in signature 50s-style. Liquor still remains the "the perfect gift," especially during THESE TRYING TIMES! Original adhesive mailing label to rear wrap. Light edgewear. Near fine. Item #2196