Imbibe! | From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar


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.


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Explore the rich tapestry of cocktail history with “Imbibe! | From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash.” Immerse yourself in the fascinating stories and iconic drinks that pay homage to the legendary “Professor” Jerry Thomas, the trailblazer of the American Bar. This captivating book takes you on a spirited journey through the evolution of mixology, featuring a delightful blend of anecdotes and recipes. From the enchanting allure of the Absinthe Cocktail to the timeless charm of the Whiskey Smash, each page unveils a salute to the craftsmanship and artistry that define the world of cocktails. Elevate your understanding of libations with this literary toast to the enduring legacy of Jerry Thomas and the cocktails that have stood the test of time. Cheers to history, storytelling, and the perfect pour!