Life Behind Bars, Episode 1: The Professor, Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas was a legend in his own time having run famous bars on both coasts. He also wrote the first cocktail book, The Bon Vivant’s Companion: How to Mix Drinks. Since it was initially published in 1862 it hasn’t been out of print with countless editions, including ones edited by Herbert Asbury of Gangs of New York fame. This episode will cover Thomas’ history, his book and how it’s become a bible for the current generation of cocktail bartenders.