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How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion: The Original Cocktail Guide [Paperback]

Jerry Thomas
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Feb. 1 2010 Hesperus Classics

First published in 1862, this seminal work in bartending marks the first time many of today's classics were recorded in print. Collected here by Jerry Thomas—America’s most famous bartender—are dozens of cocktail recipes, from old standards to mixes invented by Thomas himself, including his trademark drink, The Blue Blazer. Guides for mixing drinks of all categories—including sours, fizzes, and highballs—are included along with instructions on using various bartending tools, from jiggers to ponies and beyond. With a glossary to help all bon vivants remember their demijohns from their drachms, this is a nostalgic and delicious homage to a drinking era that is gone but not forgotten.

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Jerry Thomas (1830–1885) is considered "the father of American mixology" because of his pioneering work in popularizing cocktails and in establishing showmanship and creativity as part of bartending. 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any self-respecting bartender Jan. 31 2011
This classic book is arguably the bible of mixology (David Embury's classic being the possible alternative) and is a must have on your bookshelf. Old time-y, pre-prohibition, Mad Men-style cocktails are coming back in style and so learning a few of these can be an awesome addition to your repertoire. Though a few of the ingredients may now be a little hard to find this serves as not only a recipe book, but a history book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man to start it all March 4 2009
By Bradley D. Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first bar book. First published in 1862.
The recipes prove it.
I am using a technique toward the back of the book to make an Effervescent Cocktail, which involves tartaric acid and sodium bicarbonate stired into the drink at the end.
Who says molecular mixology is a new fad?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Edition of a Bartending Classic March 20 2009
By Stephanie M Deter - Published on Amazon.com
Jerry Thomas can be thought of as the father of modern bartending. This is a great book for understanding the state of the art at his time. Mud Puddle Books has done a fantastic job with this reissue. It's like getting a first edition in pristine condition, but at a price that makes it usable, too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE REPRINTING June 28 2011
By TW - Published on Amazon.com
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If I could, I'd give this version of the book negative stars! In my opinion, this version of Jerry Thomas' book verges on fraudulent. I don't know how in good conscience this publisher (Classic House Books) can put that title on what they have published! First, the drawings in the original are as important to the book as the printed material - and they have left out all the drawings. I believe that omission, by itself, essentially creates a misrepresentation of the original. There were at least two typos in the very short preface, alone - a rather poor reflection on the publisher. I will, from now on, avoid any book published by Classic House Books. I am returning this version of the book for a refund and I have ordered what I hope is a more historically accurate reprint. If you really want to have a reprint of Jerry Thomas' book, get a different version of it; even if you pay a little more for it, at least you will know you have something a little more authentic.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic cocktails Aug. 24 2014
By Colin - Published on Amazon.com
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One if the best and classic books! In good condition from the seller!
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring Feb. 11 2012
By cpdb - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is lame. It's just a useless relick. So many better books. Don't waste your money unless you just want to use it as a display.
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