Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Prof essor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar Featuringthe Original Formulae (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 6, 2007 - Cooking - 336 pages
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The newly updated edition of David Wondrich’s definitive guide to classic American cocktails.

Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful, little-known history of classic American drinks--and the ultimate mixologist's guide--in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas, father of the American bar.

Wondrich reveals never-before-published details and stories about this larger-than-life nineteenth-century figure, along with definitive recipes for more than 100 punches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings, and other essential drinks, along with detailed historical and mixological notes.
 
The first edition, published in 2007, won a James Beard Award. Now updated with newly discovered recipes and historical information, this new edition includes the origins of the first American drink, the Mint Julep (which Wondrich places before the American Revolution), and those of the Cocktail itself. It also provides more detail about 19th century spirits, many new and colorful anecdotes and details about Thomas's life, and a number of particularly notable, delicious, and influential cocktails not covered in the original edition, rounding out the picture of pre-Prohibition tippling.

This colorful and good-humored volume is a must-read for anyone who appreciates the timeless appeal of a well-made drink-and the uniquely American history behind it.


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Lots of good recipes! - Goodreads
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Review: Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar

User Review  - Abby - Goodreads

Gift from Jonathan. Such an interesting history, and 100 old-fashioned (plus a few modern) cocktail recipes that will be fun to try. Particularly happy to have found a recipe for The Aviator. Read full review

Review: Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar

User Review  - Gsmalz - Goodreads

Well worth the read even if you are not a cocktail aficionado. This book is well researched and super informative. Read full review

Contents

Who Reads an American Book An American and a SailorTooIn
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HOW TO MIX DRINKS
36
A bsintheApplejackBrandyChampagneCuracao
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Table of Measurements
65
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

David Wondrich is one of the nation's foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail (okay, there's not a lot of competition, but still). A former English professor, he gave up Shakespeare and Freshman Comp to write for Esquire magazine (where he is a contributing editor) and numerous other publications, including "Saveur, Gotham, Wine and Spirits, Drinks, " and "The Snail, " the newsletter of Slow Food America. His first book, "Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking", has been called "a must-have for anyone who enjoys a first-class cocktail" (The "Dallas Morning News"). Dr. Wondrich is a founding member of the Museum of the American Cocktail, which will open in New Orleans in January 2005. He lives in Brooklyn.

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