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The Bartender's Guide (Classic Cocktail Books series) Hardcover – January 27, 2004

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This ground-breaking book was originally published in 1862 and it is widely considered the first serious American book on cocktails and Punches by drink historians. (David Lincoln Ross, Beverage Journal) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Jerry Thomas, affectionately known as the father of all bartenders or "The Professor," is credited as being the first to develop an organized system of drink families and categories.
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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Cocktail Books series
  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: New Day Publishing; 1862 ed edition (January 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974325937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974325934
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,519,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don E. Rainwater on May 4, 2009
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bradley D. Dawson on March 4, 2009
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?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Foodie on March 27, 2014
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Sgammato on January 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a scan of Jerry Thomas' classic book - it is not Kindle ready. It is very hard to read - each page is a full-age scan, leaving large margins that you cannot zoom in past. All the content appears to be there, but it is very difficult to read. There are no links, and the font is the original font, scanned and laid out as it was over a hundred years ago.
I think I recall seeing other, more expensive versions of this book - I wil look at those next. This version should not be available for sale on the Kindle.
The book is good - this version is not.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Burnell on January 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book has had the price lowered since the other guy's review and is exactly as shown in the picture. It is a must have for any serious collector of historical Bar Books.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Klinkhamer on August 1, 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SP Magazine Book Reviews on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Awesome litterature... For all made or wannabe bartenders. Tremendous ideas for the era written, very good cocktails and bartender tips. Jerry Thomas' BARTENDERS GUIDE and Harry Johnson's Bartenders Manual 1934 Reprint are both the ultimate "Bibles" for all made or wannabe bartenders. A must for all cocktail lovers...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hagopian VINE VOICE on January 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book has been around for almost 150 years, and this is a fantastic reprint of the original title. This book is sprinkled with different bartender's recipes that range from how to make 8 gallons of Mint Cordial to just under a gallon of Gin Punch (one of my favorites!). Whether you are a home-brewer who enjoys trying your hand at making new mixtures, or a bartender who takes pride in this history of your profession, or just someone interested in making a brand new (very old) type of punch to impress others at parties, this book is perfect for you!

I hope you all thoroughly enjoy this book (and the recipes within)!

Todd Hagopian
President/CEO
Hagopian Institute
Author of the popular "Quote Junkie" series, and the newly-published "Idiom Junkie" series
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