On this day in 1949, the man who gave us the immortal line "Serious persons omit fruit salad fromOld-Fashioneds", a founder of the American Wine & Food Society, and author of two cocktail books, died in Peekskill, New York, after a short illness.
A man of varied interests, Crosby Gaige had an impressive herb garden, printed rare and beautiful editions, collected fine wines during Prohibition, worked with Humphrey Bogart and Henry Fonda as a theatre producer, distilled his own perfumes, and appeared on radio and TV to talk about food.
"I consider myself the greatest cook in the world yet unhanged," the New York Times recalled him saying, in his high camp oratorial style. "I may have a certain amount of reticence as a theatrical producer, but as a cook, I am brazen."
They don't make them like Crosby Gaige any more, we fear. And so we're marking his passing with - what else? - an Old-Fashioned.