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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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4617150) out of 5 stars 47 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46f16cc) out of 5 stars A Bartenders Dream May 4 2009
By Don E. Rainwater - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having bartended for over thirty years, I have seen hundreds of bartending guides. This book has some real,grassroots reciepes that have disappeared over the last hundred plus years. This mix guide allows you to mix and enjoy the beverage as it was originally concieved. A great resource whether you are a bartender or just mix drinks to entertain friends.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4686d50) out of 5 stars The man to start it all March 4 2009
By Bradley D. Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42e0edc) out of 5 stars Really we'll done hardcover faximile of original. March 27 2014
By Foodie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great edition. This edition is a faximile of an original (so it does hove some imperfections from being scanned) but each original page is set within a box with decorative frame on each page (look at the Amazon preview 'look inside' feature to get an idea of what I'm talking about. Really nice cover and substantial paper. I thought it was really well done; far superior than the other paperback editions.

For the other review stating 'poorly transcribed', they really don't know what they are talking about. This edition is not transcribed, but rather a high quality scan and print of an original edition.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42e7480) out of 5 stars TERRIBLE REPRINTING June 28 2011
By TW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Klinkhamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The seminal cocktail book that all serious afficianados should have in their libraries. Unfortunately, it does not come with the full-colour cover as shown in the amazon page that features it. Misrepresentation? The inside text is probably a straight black and white copy of the original or subsequent edition. Not great production values, cheap to produce, therefore should be priced much lower. The same can be said for the other title in the Classic Cocktail Books series that I have received, namely The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book.


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