Free Vintage Cocktail Books Collection (and a shout-out to OpenCulture)

«Possibly nothing at all; the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a thousand follies; misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasures of the human intellect. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder. Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus; and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced — from electricity, lightning, from lightning, illumination.»
The Abbe, when asked what he would have achieved if he had not been confined to a cell for decades, in «The Count of Monte Cristo» by Alexandre Dumas

Cold morning today, but pointed me to a collection of vintage cocktail books (“Explore Thousands of Free Vintage Cocktail Recipes Online (1705-1951)“), which just … warms my heart 🙂 . I can strongly recommend subscribing to via an RSS feed (just install a RSS reader, perhaps your browser can do it by itself or via a plugin; personally I use DEVONthink).

And yeah, that collection looks really nice:

One of the great things about that website — you can download the books as PDF 🙂 🙂 🙂

Always nice when this is an option 🙂

Probably the only two problems with these collections — first you get pretty easily swamped, download so much that you do nothing (see quotation at the beginning), and, well, it’s likely that these vintage recipes use ingredients you cannot easily get today, or the recipe has changed.

But still, if only from a design perspective, yeah 🙂