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Bartenders Guide: How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion

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Complete reprint of the first 1862 edition of "Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide (How To Mix Drinks or A Bon Vivant's Companion)". It is probably the most famous Classic cocktail book of all times and it was the first real cocktail book ever published in the USA. This book includes such classics as Mint Julep and the Daisy. Dedicated to all bartenders and cocktail lovers.

Paperback, Reprint, 238 pages
Published October 30th 2008 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 5th 1862)
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Jan 02, 2016 Suvi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The popularizer of cocktails in the United States, Jerry Thomas is also known for his flashy style and showmanship (I strongly recommend reading the New York Times article about Thomas's influence). I'm not interested in the technical aspect of cocktails that much, or trying out my mixology skills, but I've recently started thinking about developing my cocktail taste buds, and a part of that journey might include trying out drinks at home. A couple of weeks ago I heard about The Nightjar, and sp ...more
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Jun 26, 2010 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a LibraryThing Early Reviewer book.

This book, which was originally published in 1862, is an invaluable resource to anyone interested in the history of cocktails. It's also essential for any bartender who wants to expand his craft and experiment. Most of the drinks herein would be much too sweet and heavy for my own cocktail tastes, but some sound quite tasty, and it seems like a good jumping-off point.
Apr 08, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh, how awesome it would've been to live during "Dr." Jerry Thomas' time. The second portion of his guide includes a detailed sketch of how to build your own still, as well as several signature recipes for cordials and liqueurs. Beautiful.
Feb 02, 2009 David marked it as introduced  ·  review of another edition
Note that this edition contains an appendix (40 pages in miniscule type) with transcriptions of every significant contemporary newspaer article I was able to find about Mr. Thomas, including a couple of actual interviews.
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Nov 06, 2011 Murf Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bartenders geeking out on this reissue, by the first recognized bartender in america. Great read if you are into the history of cocktails in America during the late 1800's. America's golden age of imbibing
Feb 10, 2009 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cocktails, booze
An invaluable source of information, made even more valuable with the addition of David Wondrich's introduction and end notes concerning the life of Jerry Thomas.
Also includes the facsimile of Christian Schultz's Manual for the Manufacture of Cordials, Liquors, Fancy Syrups, &c. &c.
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Dec 29, 2014 Sami C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nice cover. But content-wise, I could just download an app or Google the drinks.
Apr 24, 2013 Isaac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting drink recipes, I shall have to try them out.
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