Harry Craddock

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Harry Craddock (August 29, 1876[1] – January 25, 1963[2]) was an English bartender who became one of the most famous bartenders of the 1920s and 1930s. He is known for his tenure at the Savoy Hotel in London, and for his 1930 book, The Savoy Cocktail Book.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Craddock moved to the United States in 1897,[3] where he worked at Cleveland's Hollenden Hotel and New York's Knickerbocker Hotel and Hoffman House, becoming a United States citizen.[4] He left America during Prohibition and sailed to Liverpool with his wife and daughter[5] before joining the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London, in 1920.[6]

Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book, a collection of 750 cocktails, was first published in 1930 and is still in print today.[7] He is sometimes credited with creating a number of classic cocktails, including the famous Corpse Reviver #2 and White Lady.[8]

While at the Savoy, Craddock co-founded the United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild in 1934. In 1938, he moved to the Dorchester Hotel and then the Browns Hotel,[7] retiring in 1947. He died in 1963 and was buried in a pauper's grave.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Meetings with Legendary Scotch Drinks, Episode 6, Harry Craddock". liquor.com.
  2. ^ Memorial Service at Harry Craddock's graveside Archived 2013-08-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Williams 2014, p. 199
  4. ^ Miller, Anistatia; Brown, Jared. "Legendary Mixers - Harry Craddock". worldsbestbars.com.
  5. ^ Williams 2014, p. 199
  6. ^ Lascelles, Alice. "Being Harry Craddock". Punch.
  7. ^ a b Davies, Richard. "The Coolest Book in the World", AbeBooks.com, accessed August 30, 2017
  8. ^ Williams 2014, pp. 200–201
  9. ^ Cameron, Ian (1 Aug 2012). "The Two Harrys". Diffordsguide.com. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014.


  • Williams, Olivia (2014). Gin Glorious Gin:How Mother's Ruin Became the Spirit of London. London: Headline Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4722-1534-5.

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