Why Bertha E.L. Stockbridge is kind of a new „Jerry Thomas“. About an unknown public rare drinks book from 1920 brought by the French Connection.


"A box of chocolates underneath a bough,
An ice creme cone, some lemonade, and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness
Make prohibition Paradise enow"


A few days ago, Thierry Daniel an Eric Fossard brought a fantastic selection of french oysters to Le Lion. While tasting an outstanding selection of this Oysters, they both told me about a very special book. As far a I know the first ever published drinks book only about non alcoholic drinks.

Ladies and Gentleman, Bertha Stockbridge, the Jerry Thomas of the „Nonalcoholic drink“

What to drink; the blue book of beverages; recipes and directions for making and serving non-alcoholic drinks for all occasions (1920), by Bertha E.L.Stockbridge.

To make a long story short:“Great Book, Great Book , Great Book ...“. Its about homemade syrups, fruit vinegars and shrubs. And it is like reading an old classic cocktail book. Exact measures, lots of eggs. cocktails, highballs, fizzes, cobblers, sours.

Reading this book is a great inspiration, even for preparing alcoholic drinks.

Only think: I have a problem with the use of the words „nonalcoholic cocktail“. A cocktail is a classic. A cocktail is all about the art of drinking alcohol. Bartender should be able to prepare great nonalcoholic drinks - they should not call them non alcoholic cocktails.

At Le Lion, we serve a selection of fresh prepared lemonades, like raspberry, ginger and, guess what, basil. It‘s fun to see, that customers often have a problem with the word „lemonade“. They like something „special“ - Lemonades seems to sound boring and ordinary. After they taste the drink - it‘s all gone. They like. Every bar should be able to serve a small selection of non alcoholic drink. Serving great classic and only be able to offer a Shirley Temple and Ipanema sound ridiculous 2010. So, pimp your non alcoholic drinks in 2010

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