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Born in Stroud, United Kingdom, Craddock moved to the United States, where he worked at Cleveland's Hollenden Hotel and New York's Knickerbocker Hotel and Hoffman House, becoming a United States citizen. He left during Prohibition and joined the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London, in 1920.
Craddock’s “The Savoy Cocktail Book” was first published in 1930, and is still in print today. He is sometimes credited with creating a number of classic cocktails, including the famous Corpse Reviver #2 and White Lady.
While at the Savoy, Craddock co-founded the United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild in 1934. In 1938, he moved to the Dorchester Hotel, retiring in 1947. He died in 1963, and was buried in a pauper's grave.
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