The New Police Gazette Bartenders Guide, 1901

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 · CitC, gaz regan's library

The New Police Gazette Bartenders Guide, 1901

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This is a very tatty paperback, but it’s also very, very rare.  The back cover is detached, someone has written “Check this against Jerry Thomas” on the cover, and a few recipes have been circled in pen, but the book has some beautiful pictures inside, and I love the following quote:

“A few preliminary hints for beginners are manifestly essential in a work of this kind, which we hope he will study to advantage.  Politeness and affability cost nothing, and a nice perception of what is due a customer is as necessary to success in the profession as any other detail of the business.”

What follows this is, at least partially, ripped off from Jerry Thomas’ 1887 book, The Bar-Tender’s Guide or How to Mix all Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks.  The recipes here are typical for the time, but there’s nothing revolutionary here.  The Police Gazette, by the by, was a very popular tabloid that was packed with sensationalism and scandals  The paper regularly saluted bartenders and published their recipes.

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