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Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide: How To Mix Drinks 1862 Reprint: A Bon Vivant's Companion Paperback – October 30, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440453268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440453267
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremiah (Jerry) P. Thomas (1830-1885) was an American bartender; because of his pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States, he is considered "the father of American mixology." In addition to writing the seminal work on cocktails, his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional. As such, he was often nicknamed "Professor" Jerry Thomas. Thomas was born in 1830 in Sackets Harbor, New York. He learned bartending in New Haven, Connecticut before sailing for California during its mid-1800s Gold Rush. While in California he worked as a bartender, gold prospector and minstrel show manager. He moved back to New York City in 1851, where he opened a saloon below Barnum's American Museum; it would be the first of four saloons he would run in New York City over his lifetime. After a time running his first bar he went on the road for several years, working as the head bartender at hotels and saloons in St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California, Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana. At one point he toured Europe, carrying along a set of solid-silver bar tools. He was well known for his showmanship as a bartender: he developed elaborate and flashy techniques of mixing cocktails, sometimes while juggling bottles, cups and mixers. He often wore flashy jewelry and had bar tools and cups embellished with precious stones and metals. At the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, Thomas was earning $100 a week-more than the Vice President of the United States. Upon returning to New York City, he became head bartender at the Metropolitan hotel before opening his most famous bar on Broadway, between 21st and 22nd Streets, in 1866. Thomas was one of the first to display the work of Thomas Nast, and in his famous saloon he hung caricatures of the political and theatrical figures; one notable drawing, now lost, was of Thomas "in nine tippling postures colossally". He died in New York City of apoplexy in 1885 at the age of 55. His death was marked by substantial obituaries across the United States. In their obituary, The New York Times noted Thomas was "at one time better known to club men and men about town than any other bartender in this city, and he was very popular among all classes."

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Must have book of a bartender!!
Mr. Timo Siitonen
This book has been around for almost 150 years, and this is a fantastic reprint of the original title.
Todd Hagopian
Tremendous ideas for the era written, very good cocktails and bartender tips.
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7 of 7 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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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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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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14 of 19 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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Rae on July 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is indeed an indispensable resource for bartenders, especially those who appreciate historical cocktails and how they're made. However, unless you really want a physical copy in your hands that's a facsimile of the original, you can save money by sourcing this on a website like [...] where the entire text is available since the book has long expired from copyright. Some of the copies on Amazon are actually reprinted straight from the existing web content.
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Girlfriend who is a bartender likes it. Nice look at the older cocktails, which she can reintroduce to current customers. She also likes the recipes in the back for cordials, however you have to adjust from gallons to ounces unless you are having a really big party! Interesting sidelight in that bars in those days had to make their own stuff, it wasn't delivered to the door.
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By Pink Lady on April 9, 2014
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My husband has a bookshelf full of various types of cocktail books. This surprise gift for his birthday fits into that collection in its own way... The history and print types makes this little volume an interesting read.
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