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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 the Hardcover edition.

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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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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: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,057 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
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TW on June 28, 2011
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.
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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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