The Bon Vivants Companion


Written Jerry Thomas in 1826, The Bon Vivants Companion – How to Mix Drinks – is the acclaimed to be the first ever publication of cocktail recipes.

Jerry Thomas was a renowned bartender of the time and became known as the “the professor”. Presumably due to his seemly uncanny ability to concoct new, era defining drinks.

Cocktails were traditionally a mix of sugar, water, bitters and spirits – hence the age old gin and tonic. By the 1860’s cocktails had become more widespread and began to include liqueurs.

This is when professor Jerry Thomas took a liking to this new way of drinking. Concocting a wide selection of fascinating drinks, all recorded in his book, The Bon Vivant’s Companion.

You can learn more about the history of cocktails, in our blog post “A brief origin of cocktails“.


Online copy of The Bon Vivants Companion

Courtesy of Google Books, we have here an online version of the very first cocktail recipe book, all for your enjoyment!

Watch our blog for cocktail reviews as we begin to recreate some of these legacy drinks….


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