The Flowing Bowl: When and What to Drink by William Schmidt, 1892

by Gaz Regan · Monday, March 9th, 2015 · CitC, gaz regan's library

The Flowing Bowl: When and What to Drink by William Schmidt, 1892

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“[Schmidt was a] German immigrant who sailed over a couple years after the Civil War, he worked in Chicago for a time and then came to New York. There, in a ramshackle bar next to the Brooklyn Bridge, a reporter from The New York Sun discovered him. For the next 16 years, he was the most famous bartender in America.  Any man lucky enough to try one of his elaborate, carefully thought-out concoctions walked away convinced. Schmidt may have been a bit odd, but he was the first bartender to gain renown for inventing his own drinks: the first “bar chef.” David Wondrich.

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