The Ideal Bartender

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By Tom Bullock
Foreword by George Herbert Walker (grandfather of George H.W. Bush; great-grandfather of George W. Bush)


An unsung element of cocktail history was the major role African-American bartenders made to the development of cocktail culture as we know it. Among these was Tom Bullock (1872-1964), who worked in both Louisville and St. Louis in the early-20th century, and became particularly renowned for the quality of his mint juleps. He also became the first African-American bartender to collect his many recipes in a cocktail guide, The Ideal Bartender published in 1917 on the eve of Prohibition.

 This gorgeous hardcover reprint of The Ideal Bartender is meticulously reproduced from its 1917 edition, and features an additional introduction by rum expert and cocktail historian Ian Burrell.

Hardcover | 53 pages | 5.5 x 7.25 in