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How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion: The Original Cocktail Guide Paperback – Feb 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press (Feb. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843911981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843911982
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Format: Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The man to start it all March 4 2009
By Bradley D. Dawson - Published on
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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?
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By TW - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Edition of a Bartending Classic March 20 2009
By Stephanie M Deter - Published on
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.
Classic cocktails Aug. 24 2014
By Colin - Published on
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One if the best and classic books! In good condition from the seller!
1 of 23 people found the following review helpful
boring Feb. 11 2012
By cpdb - Published on
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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.