Posts Tagged ‘Project Gutenberg’

The Ideal Bartender

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Tom BullockAstute readers of the last few days may have noticed the addition of a new category of content: The Ideal Bartender. I’ve imported Tom Bullock’s 1917 bar book — scanning and proofing courtesy of Project Gutenberg — both as a public service (it’s a bit easier to navigate this way) and with a mind to extensively sample and make notes upon the contents. I wouldn’t qualify it as anything approaching a masterwork, but The Ideal Bartender is an important document from an interesting time. All are invited — exhorted, in fact — to mix it up and comment on Bullock’s recipes as well.
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Jerry Thomas: 2005

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

The Internet is a richer place for cocktailian interests as of today. Darcy O’Neil, who holds forth on matters mixological at The Art of Drink, has performed a mighty mitzvah: the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’ The Bar-Tender’s Guide is, at long last, online! While the 1862 edition can be purchased as a reprint, no version of Thomas has been freely available online, and this expanded and revised version — published two years after Thomas’ death — has been the province of very fortunate auction hunters.

In the short-term, Darcy has imposed something of his own structure on the content, but promises to eventually provide a full index and searchability. Better yet, he intends to submit the work to Project Gutenberg, where it can take its place next to Tom Bullock’s The Ideal Bartender in the digital public domain.