Leading spirits historian and my good friend, David Wondrich gives a salute to the American bar classics in his updated and revised edition of the James Beard Award-winning book, Imbibe!. He delivers an informed chronicle of “Professor” Jerry Thomas’s role as the father of the American bar. Mr. Thomas was a rambunctious sailor and gambler who happened to own the fanciest saloon in New York in the 1800s. He made history standing behind the bar. David gives American history buffs and mixology geeks the recipes and stories behind many of Thomas’s timeless cocktails, as well as the obscure drinks that paved the way for today’s cocktails. David’s well-researched work, a classic in its own right, provides helpful bartending tips, information on mixology gear, and a comprehensive discussion of spirits. At $17, Imbibe! is THE most authoritative and important record of the classic American bar.