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1934 Edition of How to Mix Drinks, in Jacket  

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The Bon Vivant's Companion or How to Mix Drinks

Thomas, Professor Jerry

New York

Grosset & Dunlap



Introduction by Herbert Asbury. Illustrated from the original wood engravings, and with modern illustrated endpapers. Pictorial cloth, jacket. Seventh Printing.

Jeremiah (Jerry) P. Thomas (1830-1885) was perhaps the best-known American bartender of the 19th century; 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. In 1862, Thomas finished   Bar-Tender’s Guide  (alternately titled   How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion ), the first drink book ever published in the United States. The book collected and codified what was then an oral tradition of recipes from the early days of cocktails, including some of his own creations; the guide laid down the principles for formulating mixed drinks of all categories. The first edition of the guide includes the first written recipes of such cocktails as the Brandy Daisy, Fizz, Flip, Sour and variations of the earliest form of mixed drink, Punch.

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Pieces of jacket lacking along spine, and a bit to corners, else very good in good, bright jacket.

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