john ljunggren, operabaren, Research

The first printed European cocktail book?

The first printed European cocktail book?, Trader Magnus

I finally managed to get myself a copy of a reproduction of the (alleged) first printed European cocktail book – RECEPT Å BAR-DRINKAR (John Ljunggren, 1917). The author was a well-respected bartender at Operabaren, and later on at his own Ljunggrens Bar – both in central Stockholm, Sweden. According to the foreword, all recipes are from memory and were written down after requests from customers and friends. The book contains approximately 200 recipes of cocktails, cobblers, punches, flips, sours, sangarees, fizzes, smashes, slings, juleps and so on… a very nice addition to any vintage cocktail book collection – highly recommended!

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