The Bon Vivant's Companion or How to Mix Drinks, by Professor Jerry Thomas, formerly principal bartender at the Metropolitan Hotel, New York and the Planter's House, St. Louis. Edited, with an introduction by Herbert Asbury. Copyright 1927, 1928 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Hardback, good condition. First published in 1862, this seminal work in bartending was the first drink book ever published in the United States. Collected here by Jerry Thomas?America?s most famous bartender?are dozens of cocktail recipes, from old standards to mixes invented by Thomas himself, including his trademark drink, The Blue Blazer. Guides for mixing drinks of all categories?including sours, fizzes, and highballs?are included along with instructions on using various bartending tools, from jiggers to ponies and beyond. This is a nostalgic and delicious homage to a drinking era that is gone but not forgotten.