Cecil Beaton's Cocktail Book

Cecil Beaton's Cocktail Book

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Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) is one of the most celebrated British Portrait photographers of the twentieth century and is renowned for his images of elegance, glamour, and style. His influence on portrait photography was profound and lives on today in the work of many contemporary photographers.

In the 1920s and 30s, Beaton used his camera, ambition, and larger-than-life personality to mingle with a flamboyant and rebellious group of artists and writers, socialites, and party-goers whose spirit and style cut a dramatic swathe through the epoch.

This miniature cocktail book presents a selection of dazzling and delectable infusions, inspired by the 'Bright Young Things' with whom Beaton mixed, illustrated with Beaton's own unique, often humorous sketches and drawings. Featuring highballs, coolers, slings, and fizzes fit to please any Lord, Lady, or Viscountess, this book and its recipes bring to life a deliciously eccentric, glamorous, and creative era.

Denis Brock is the bar manager and manager of mixology at Claridge's. Kate Hudson is an archivist at Claridge's.

Hardcover ‏  

120 pages 

Measurements: ‎ 5.8 x 8.3 inches 

Published by National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with Claridge’s in 2020