“Imbibe!” by David Wondrich [2007]

Imbibe! by David Wondrich

Now reading Imbibe! From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar., David Wondrich’s “lively” guide to the history of American mixology. Wondrich tracks the exploits and recipes of larger-than-life barman Jerry Thomas and his “sporting” fraternity in a billowy, regal writing style that clearly shows Wondrich’s passion and also his enamoration for his subject(s). Favorite line so far:

“You were rich, you were broke, you were rich again–sometimes all on the same day. For the Victorians, money was an object. For the Sports, it was a process.”

Imbibe!, p. 24

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  • goodlookingbartender  On 2012/02/15 at 17:05

    This is by far my most thumbed through book. It is excellent!

    Check out his sequel too “Punch!” by David Wondrich, it goes even further back and is a great read!

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