Let's take a look at what was happening in 1862 when Jerry Thomas was working on the world's first ever bartender's guide. Let's see...
- 1st US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000)
- Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
- US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 & $1000)
- Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
Oh and also, a little thing called the American Civil War.
- Battle of Antietam, bloodiest day in Civil War (Sharpsburg Md), 23,110 die
Were am I going with this? I really don't know. All I know is that I am super intrigued by the idea that the very first cocktail/bartender's guide was written during a time when so much important stuff was happening all around it. It excites me!
With that in mind, I'd like to start a series of "excerpts from The Bartender's Guide" posts. Every now and then I'll post an excerpt from the book that I find fascinating or informational and maybe you will too. If you want to skip my blog posts and just read the damn thing for yourself it's available on our online store here....
"In all ages of the world, and in all countries, men have indulged in "social drinks". They have always possessed themselves of some popular beverage apart from water and those of the breakfast and tea table. Whether it is judicious that mankind should continue to indulge in such things, or whether it would be wiser to abstain from all enjoyments of that character, it is not our province to decide. We leave that question to the moral philosopher."