Notes: A fascinating collection of recipes for making ersatz alcoholic spirits from straight alcohol, water, and flavorings manufactured by Beick, Felix and Compañía, a German pharmaceutical company with offices in Mexico City. Each recipe concludes with an estimated cost per bottle.
Some of the recipes are particularly rich, calling for adding a small amount of the real thing, but those recipes come with a warning. For example, this in the port instructions: "pero se tiene que tener cuidado de comprar un vino absolutamente natural, porque se venden varios vinos que paraciendo naturales, efectivamente están preparados de la misma manera como está indicado en esta receta" [but you have to be careful to buy an absolutely natural wine, because several wines are sold that seem natural, but are actually prepared in the same way as indicated in this recipe].
In the 20th century, similar companies offered flavorings for alcohol in the US and Europe, as well as Mexico, and counterfeiters still use similar techniques to fake expensive spirits today.
64 pages. Text in Spanish.
Edition + Condition: A fine copy in printed wrappers.
Publication: México, D. F. Galantería de Beick, Felix y Cia. (n.d. but 1930s?).
Item No: #308381