Among the hardest-core of the cocktail set, historic bar books like Jerry Thomas’ famous “How to Mix Drinks,” Harry Johnson’s “Bartenders’ Manual” and C.F. Lawlor’s “The Mixicologist” long have been like the Holy Grail, oft desired but rarely seen, and when seen, hugely expensive. For the rest of us, they are but mere ephemera.Or, at least, that’s what they were. Now, thanks to the good folks at Mud Puddle Books, these books are easily obtainable historiographies, accessible, like almost ...

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