Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks: A Collection of Recipes for "Cups" and Other Compounded Drinks, and of General Information on Beverages of All Kinds - William Terrington 1870 - George Routledge and Sons, London and New York - First Edition, Second Impression A pretty copy of this legendary work, the earliest British publication to document cocktail recipes along with classic British and European mixed drinks.

‘Terrington's original intention was “
to produce a guide for the preparation of cups ...” but the subject grew and its scope was expanded to all beverages in common use. The first 44 pages are devoted to the wines of Europe, with a few pages on the colonies (Australia and South Africa) and to America, whose “choicest production” is Catawba, “eulogized by Longfellow ...” Next [pages 45-155], he describes spirits, liqueurs, beers and ales, as well as tea, coffee and cocoa, with recipes for their use in various drinks. Part II is devoted to cups and punches, but there are also some recipes for cocktails.

In the preface, the reader had been advised that he would find, as he might expect in a work purporting to touch on every kind of beverage, some account of American drinks – “
those Transatlantic ‘notions’ – many of which, owing to their racy character, are properly styled ‘Sensations’ by our Yankee cousin ... ... all may claim to be regarded as both wholesome and exhilarating.” There are enough concoctions presented in this book to shorten any number of lives.’ – with thanks to Eberhard Buehler, Viniana.
  ‘In addition to a Gin Cocktail made with ginger liqueur (the Gin Cocktail cocktail referred to in a 1798 British Newspaper that was “vulgarly called ginger”), there are a couple of drink recipes that were formulated by Britain’s first celebrity chef Alexis Benoit Soyer back in the 1850s, which were also featured in Jerry Thomas’s 1862 Bar-Tender’s Guide.

So popular was this volume as the British public became aware of American-style iced drinks while still embracing time-honoured British classics that to was published again in 1872 and 1890.’ — Anistatia Miller.

Second Impression with title page date 1870 instead of 1869.

References: Gabler, ‘
Wine into Words’, G38730. Bitting, ‘Gastronomic Bibliography’, 458. Eberhard Buehler, Viniana, T16.

Small octavo (book size 16.8x11.1cm), pp. xv [1] 223 [1] 16 (publisher’s catalogue). In publisher’s green embossed cloth, spine and front board with title and decorations embossed in gold and blind, all edges trimmed, brown coated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, some shading to the green cloth, minor wear to corners and edges, inner hinges starting, light spotting to outer edges.   Ref: 110225   Price: HK$ 1,800