Harry Craddock's Birthday
The Savoy's most famous bartender, and the name behind the Savoy Cocktail Book, which was based on a series of recipe cards he'd built up over his long career, Harry Craddock was born on this day in 1875 in Stroud, England.
Harry crossed the Atlantic, worked at iconic New York bars including the Hoffman House and the Knickerbocker Hotel, then returned home, post-Prohibition, complete with a highly marketable American accent, reputation and passport.
Despite stints at the Savoy, the Dorchester and Brown's Hotel, Craddock sadly died in poverty, and was buried in a pauper's grave. We are toasting him with a glass of White Lady, or you may decide a Corpse Reviver No. 2 is more appropriate? To quote Harry, "Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again."