When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba by Basil Woon (1928)
Privately published in 1928 by Horace Liveright, British playwright and journalist Basil Woon captured the energy that took hold of Havana, as Americans flocked by the thousands to drink, gamble and party amid the tropical beauty that is Cuba. Welcome to When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba.
Of special interest to bartenders is Chapter 2, in which he describes in detail the daily gathering at the rooftop bar in the Sevilla-Biltmore Hotel. There, Eddie Woelhke and Fred Kaufman presided over the mixing not only of classic Cuban cocktails, but some of their own creation.—Anistatia Miller