A bibacious baedeker returns to early times and historic taprooms and taverns for the first recorded recipes of a rum cocktail and on to Flips and Punches and Soothers. But for the modern host and bartender, there is full information on table wines and others (varieties- tastes- uses- purchases- etc.) both domestic and imported, while the quicker liquors take him through whiskies, brandies, gin, liqueurs, beer. Bartending equipment and procedures preface the formulae for 100 great American drinks, and a special section of recipes of edibles which include wine or liquor concludes a convival coverage of kindred spirits... The veritas about vinos, and a book for the weekend guest or working host.