April 24th, 2011
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

The Easter bunny's come and gone, the kids are crashed out in a post-candy coma and you - you just might dig a little pick-me-up. Or a chill-me-out. Whichever - you're of legal drinking age, Lent's come to an end and you might have a few extra unboiled eggs hanging out in the fridge.

Now, we're not necessarily advocating the consumption of raw eggs just all willy nilly; clearly there are risks. But if one were to throw caution to the wind, they might care to click through the gallery above for a few vintage tipples from the 1941 edition of Here's How: Mixed Drinks. Yolk it up, folks.

Many thanks to my swell pal Heather O'Donnell of Honey & Wax Bookseller for bringing this magical volume into my life.

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  1. Mildred

    The Hot Eggnog picture is priceless....

    April 25, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  2. Jerv

    The "Hot Eggnog" flaming arse and the "Huckle-My-Butt are fantastic! Goes great with my infantile sense of humor. Thanks Kat and good morning!

    April 25, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  3. Rob

    Ummmm... yeah, there are risks, but bacteria can't suvive an alcohol concentration over 10-12% (in fact yeast can't either which is why we had to invent distilling).

    April 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  4. JenA

    I make homemade egg nog every Christmas with raw organic eggs and lots of brandy – it is awesome and everyone helps to polish it off.

    It's funny that the last slide on the show says to always use powdered sugar and never confectioner's sugar – in today's parlance these are one and the same, aren't they?

    April 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  5. sam

    These egg cocktails are all Obama's fault.

    April 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • KC

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Silly lad!

      April 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  6. KC

    UGH. I can't think of any drink worse that a drink with a raw egg!

    April 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  7. Diane

    The alcohol probably kills off the egg germs.

    April 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  8. Sasha Devaux

    I particularly like the pencil sketch of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at their Bahamanian governorship post (signaled by the palm tree, of course). Some of these cocktails sound delicious, but I wouldn't chance it. Thank you, though, for sharing bits of this delightful book. Oh, for more food-safe days, when one could enjoy steak tartare (delicious) and a raw egg cocktail.

    April 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm |

    Now we know they called them "HAPPIER DAYZ" BURP!

    April 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  10. SSampson

    ok trhe first y7 were pritty good

    April 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Corvus1

      (hic) Yep.

      April 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • I want da gold!


      April 25, 2011 at 11:53 am |
      • Jerv

        I got da gold!

        April 26, 2011 at 7:44 am |
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