Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1887 Reprint Paperback – 11 Jul 2008
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Ross Bolton, editor of over 20 bartending reprints has republished only the 132 PAGE BLUE COVER Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1887 Reprint edition book to carefully bring its information to everyone in its most original form. NOT any deceptive 82 page version.
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I ordered this as Christmas present and I wouldn't be able to hand this over and look the person in the eye without them expressing some hatred towards me. In theory this should be a brilliant gift for anyone in the trade or with a keen interest in the historic aspect of mixology. Unfortunately the presentation of the book and the poor and almost 'counterfeit' look of it means I will be returning it as soon as I can.
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Save yourself some money and just print it yourself.
Myself, I'm a fan of old-fashioned cocktails, using simple hard liquors fancied up with spices, sugars and bitters. Brandy Toddy, for example, is brandy, sugar and hot water with nutmeg. Interestingly, all the Mint Julep recipes in this book seem to be brandy-based, rather than using bourbon like nowadays. Anyway, I am happy to have easy access to these old recipe. My father is working as a bartender and got a kick out of the advice the book offers for men of that profession -- always remember to wash your ice before you cut it!
This book IS NOT for the weak or the weary!
This book IS for those of you who feel like solving a lot puzzles.
(Finding a way to make these recipes today is quite difficult)
This book IS NOT an interesting read.
This book IS incredibly interesting.
This book IS NOT for those of you just starting out... PERIOD!
If you simply keep hearing Jerry Thomas, Jerry Thomas and want to learn more... READ:
Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to ''Professor'' Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar.
David Wondrich does all the work for you and he does it incredibly, incredibly well.
*I do recommend keeping a dictionary handy and learning Latin.
Either way, it's nice to have it on your shelf.