The Ideal Bartender: The First Cocktail Book Written by !n African-American Is Coming Back Into Print

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The celebrity mixologist might seem like a modern development, but many bartenders in pre-Prohibition days had loyal followings. Tom Bullock was not only a notable St. Louis barkeep but also the first African-American to write a cocktail book, [easyazon_link identifier=”1440457409″ locale=”US” tag=”trehottop-20″]The Ideal Bartender[/easyazon_link], which is now back in print.

“Tom was a bit of a celebrity while working in the prestigious St. Louis Country Club, back in the early 1900s,” says rum authorityIan Burrell, who wrote a new introduction. Bullock counted many elites among his followers, including George Herbert Walker—grandfather of one president and great-grandfather of another—who penned the original intro, which is included in the updated edition. “I have known the author of [easyazon_link identifier=”1440457409″ locale=”US” tag=”trehottop-20″]The Ideal Bartender[/easyazon_link] for many years,” Walker wrote, “[and] in all that time I doubt if he has erred in even one of his concoctions.”

Prohibition struck three years after the book’s publication, bringing Bullock’s career to an abrupt end. But the reissue preserves the 150-odd recipes—and the notes he made on each, as with the Remsen Cooler below—that he perfected during a quarter-century, prompting Walker to gush, “As you sip the nectar of his schemings tell your friends, to the end that both they and he may be benefitted.”

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