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How to Mix Drinks or the Bon Vivant's Companion: The Bartender's Guide Hardcover – 19 Dec 2008

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  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843911876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843911876
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'We have often wondered why the art of pouring drinks has fallen into decay in Britain, where a request for a gin and tonic is met with the hapless inquiry, 'Ice and lemon?' In the US, bars tend to be staffed by people who know what they are doing. It is all down to Jeremiah Thomas (1830-85), 'the father of American mixology'; and author of How To Mix Drinks, published in 1862. He offers 300 recipes for drinks, including smashes, fixes, fizzes and cocktails, the last being 'a modern invention, generally used on sporting parties'. Many of Thomas's drinks include sugar or an egg. We had heard of a Gin Fizz, but wouldn't have known how to make one: one tsp sugar; three dashes lemon; one wineglass of gin; ice and seltzer water. Stir and serve. Under 'Fancy Drinks', Thomas lists a number of beverages 'rather troublesome to prepare', some of which involve 'sprigs of green balm', syrup, cloves, vanilla, coriander and nutmeg. 'How To Mix Drinks' is reissued by Hesperus at £9.99 less than two undrinkable g&ts at your once-tolerable local.' --Times Literary Supplement

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Jeremiah 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, 'How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon Vivant's Companion', his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mortensen on 24 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The original cocktail book (although it's been through a few revisions).

It has some great forgotten drinks in here, and original recipes and methods to what we call classics today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 22 Feb. 2013
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Good lay's divided by sections therefore it's easy to pick up what you're looking for. Curiosities and good tips at the end of it.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander J. Coy on 15 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Recieved this product on time and in very good condition. Exceedingly impressed with this purchase and the seller, many thanks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Bartenders Dream 4 May 2009
By Don E. Rainwater - Published on
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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The man to start it all 4 Mar. 2009
By Bradley D. Dawson - Published on
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?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Really we'll done hardcover faximile of original. 27 Mar. 2014
By Foodie - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
not Kindle-ready 28 Jan. 2011
By John Sgammato - Published on
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.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By TW - Published on
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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