The Ideal Bartender [FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COCKTAIL BOOK]. Tom BULLOCK.
The Ideal Bartender [FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COCKTAIL BOOK]
The Ideal Bartender [FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COCKTAIL BOOK]
The Ideal Bartender [FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COCKTAIL BOOK]
The Ideal Bartender [FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COCKTAIL BOOK]

The Ideal Bartender [FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COCKTAIL BOOK]. St. Louis: Buxton & Skinner Printing and Stationery Co., 1917.

First Edition. Original red cloth, gilt lettering and design, octavo, 53 numbered pages. Tom Bullock is recognized as the first African American to publish a cocktail recipe book. Bullock, according to Robert Simonson's 2015 New York Times article on the subject, was the longtime bartender at the St. Louis Country Club. Born in Louisville, Kentucky and is thought to have been the son of a former slave and a Union soldier. Though 'The Ideal Bartender' credits him as having tended bar at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, David Wondrich, cocktail historian, has found evidence that he tended bar at the Kenton Club, a rival of the Pendennis. By the early 1900s, Bullock was in St. Louis. Among the recipes included are the Mint Julep (commented on by Theodore Roosevelt himself) The Gillette Cocktail, which Mr. Wondrich believes is an early print appearance of the gimlet, and the Golfer’s Delight, a drink that used Bevo, the near beer that Anheuser-Busch introduced at the time as a bulwark against the coming ban on liquor. Near Fine, textually clean, covers showing just the mildest signs of use and light stains.

Price: $7,500.00

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