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1888 Bartenders' Manual

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Came across this when searching "crème de menthe".


Very interesting overall and multiple mentions of absinthe.

The way absinthe was served/prepared in a few different countries.


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H. Johnson, 1888

The New and Improved Illustrated Bartenders' Manual; Or: How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style

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Thanks Gwydion. I'm a bit leery of posting links.

Thank you very much for the site - I'm downloading manual right now.

What a treat.

le5ieb - I see many things in the book I might try.

Finding some of the ingredients or it's comparable might be difficult.

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This book is quoted as having the first documented Martini recipe.


And it is shown as having the option to be made with a dash of absinthe.


The Manhattan also includes an absinthe option which works well.

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Don't know if it's good


NY Post 1941

Birthday Bombshell

as prepared by Joe at the bar of the Hickory House

to celebrate the restaurants’ ninth anniversary:

Mix 2 dashes of Pernod

2 dashes of dry sherry

1 dash of lemon bitters

1 dash of cocktail bitters

½ jigger of whisky

Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail

glass, topping with a squeeze of orange peel.



Citizen Registry, 1954


1 teaspoonful fine granulated sugar

1 1/2 oz whiskey

small piece of cinnamon

slice of lemon garrnished with 4 cloves

Place a spoonin and Old-Fashioned glass,

add boiling water till 2/3 full

Insert cinnamon




Add a dash of lemon bitters or a twist of lemon peel

Add whisky

Stirr mixture a little and serve with a spoon.

Also serve a small pitcher of hot water on the side.




Fulton site

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thank you Lily for bringing it up, and thank you Gwydion for posting the link-- manuals retrieved. I'm finding them educational already.

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It would be appreciated if any of you fine folks here could post a good cocktail recipe that calls for lemon bitters.

Here's one called 'Vincent's Ruin'... lots of yellow stuff and absinthe.


2 oz Bourbon

.5 oz St. Germain

.5 oz lemon juice

.25 oz simple syrup

2 dashes lemon bitters


Smidge of absinthe


Shake and strain onto rocks or sphere in a absinthe rinsed rocks glass and garnish with big-ass lemon peel.

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