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173 pre-prohibition cocktails : potations so good they scandalized a president
Bullock, Tom, 1873-1964.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Jenks, OK : Howling at the Moon Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
109 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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TX951 .B85 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Newspapers called former president Teddy Roosevelt a liar when he confessed under oath to drinking just part of one julep made for him by master bartender Tom Bullock. The reason? To believe that a red-blooded man, and a true Colonel at that, ever stopped with just a part of one of Tom's drinks ... is to strain credulity too far.For almost a century Tom Bullock's cocktail recipes, so delectable an editorial in the St. Louis Dispatch (May 28, 1913) compared them to the liquefied soul of a Southern moonbeam, were lost.Now you can charm your guests, make special occasions legendary, and bring old-world romance to intimate moments with these scrumptious libations from history. Choose from: 7 Absinthes / 9 Champagne Cocktails / 5 Juleps4 Pousses / 5 Cobblers / 31 Party PunchesOr have a simply scandalous time with Coolers, Fizzes, Floats, Frappes, Highballs, Lemonades, Noggs, Rickeys, Sangarees, Scaffias, Skins, Shrubs, Slings, Sours, Smashes, Toddys or even Non-Alcoholic Drinks You'll read this book again and again Not just to sample 173 almost-lost recipes, but also to read fun facts about drink in history, see turn-of-the-century art, advertisements, and railroad menus. Even discover the true stories behind George Washington's favorite drink, why Ben Franklin flipped, and how Winston Churchill's mother inspired a New York bartender to create the Manhattan.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tom Bullock, esteemed bartender at the St. Louis Country Club, was able to work magic with beverages both alcoholic and not. He became the first African-American to publish a book on drinks, called The Ideal Bartender (1917), which featured an introduction by George Herbert Walker, a devotee of Bullock's and great-grandfather of our current president. In 173 Pre-Prohibition Cocktails: Potations So Good They Scandalized a President (Teddy Roosevelt's penchant for Bullock's juleps tainted his presidential bid), D.J. Frienz, who edited Good Things to Eat As Suggested by Rufus, brings together Bullock's original recipes with turn-of-the-century memorabilia and 20 pages of historical drink facts. ( Apr. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Frienz has copied famed African American bartender Tom Bullock's cocktail recipes from Bullock's 1917 book, The Ideal Bartender and mixed them with some very light historical background and a good shot of definitions of terms to concoct a novelty book of little consequence. Frienz favors atmosphere over substance. He gives no context as to drinking habits and the place of blacks in the drinking business in Louisville and Saint Louis, where Bullock plied his trade, or anywhere for that matter, and he makes big claims for historical hiccups (such as a supposed scandal following President Theodore Roosevelt's denial of having downed a cocktail). The recipes and illustrations hint at the world of men's clubs now past (indeed killed by Prohibition, which opened doors to women as coequal with men in speakeasies a fact Frienz ignores), but the book tastes like flat beer. Recommended only for the most avid, and thirsty, collectors of drinking trivia. Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.