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Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide: How To Mix Drinks: A Bon Vivant's Companion (1862) [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Thomas
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the most complete first edition * A reprint of the very first 1862 edition of Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide " How To Mix Drinks or A Bon Vivant's Companion ". This drink recipe book is probably the most famous bartenders' and cocktail book of all times, and it was the first real cocktail book ever published in the United States. This is a nostalgic and delicious homage to a drinking era that is gone but not forgotten. * In 1862 Thomas finished the Bartender's Guide (alternately titled How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant's Companion), the first cocktail book ever published in the United States. The book collects and codifies what was then an oral tradition of recipes from the early days of cocktails, including some of his own creations; the guide lays down the principles for formulating mixed drinks of all categories. This first edition of the guide include the first written recipes of such cocktails as the DAISY, the MINT JULEP. the FIZZ, the FLIP, Sour and many many more.
[Note: this pre-1923 publication has been converted from its original format for the Kindle and contains images of the original publication that may contain minor defects and markings.]

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About the Author

Jeremiah (Jerry) P. Thomas (1830-1885) considered "the father of American mixology," wrote the first Cocktail book and was the most famous bartender of his time. He had saloons in California and New York (below Barnum's American Museum). He developed showy techniques, such as the Blue Blazer, and promoted himself heavily in images and product. The New York Times state Thomas was "very popular among all classes."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 29099 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JD5RTD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.3 out of 5 stars
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1.0 out of 5 stars the book is great! It's a milestone 30 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all, the book is great! It's a milestone.

My gripe is with this Kindle edition. The point of a digitised version is that it’s easy to search, easy to highlight and easy to change the font size depending on which device you read it.
This is just a scanned version of the book, so it’s pretty useless. I do most of my reading on my phone and this is unreadable. If I want a book that looks like a book I buy a book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good book poor quality 4 Jan. 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Poor Quality book, but a classic for any bartender.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 17 April 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very good product for this price. Worth it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bartenders Dream 4 May 2009
By Don E. Rainwater - Published on
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Really we'll done hardcover faximile of original. 27 Mar. 2014
By Foodie - Published on
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
1.0 out of 5 stars 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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 17 Jan. 2006
By D. Burnell - Published on
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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