Since bartending has been around as long as the alcoholic beverage, it has its own history and past. There have been many bartenders throughout the course of that history that either invented new drinks or revolutionized part of the bartending process and service. The profession of bartender itself has evolved throughout the ages. A bartender does more than serve drinks, they are a great listeners and buddies to all the bar patrons that come in.
Here are a few of history’s most influential and memorable bartenders:
- Jerry Thomas – Also known as “The Professor,” Jerry Thomas changed bartending from a simple trade into a set of skills that have to be mastered. He made bartending into more of a performance art . His most popular recipe was the Blue Blazer, featured in Bartender’s Guide published in 1887. The Blue Blazer was a flaming drink of whiskey, sugar, and lemon peel thrown back and forth between two glasses. Thomas is also credited with the beginning of flair bartending and was the author of the first modern cocktail book in the United States.
- Harry Craddock – An expat who brought the cocktail scene to London, Harry Craddock was the author of what is still considered the gold standard of cocktail handbooks: The Savoy Cocktail Book (published in 1930). Originally named for the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, The Savoy Cocktail Bookhas been re-published as recently as 2007. According to bartending lore, Craddock buried a shaker containing his original recipe in the wall at the American Bar, but it has never been found.
- Tom Bullock – Tom was the first African-American to publish a cocktail book, The Ideal Bartender (published 1917). The dedication for the book read: “To those who enjoy snug club rooms, that they may learn the art of preparing for themselves what is good.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
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Source: 10 Influential Bartenders From the Past, Present, and Future, The Daily Meal
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