by Tom Bullock (Author)
The historical first cocktail book published by an African-American author. First published in 1917
A complete reproduction of the Vintage Cocktail Book “The Ideal Bartender” originally published in 1917. Tom Bullock became to be a well-recognized bartender of the time at St. Louis Country Club, where he served for government officials and other elite members. G.H. Walker, grandfather of George W. Bush was one of the big fans of Bullock’s cocktails and wrote the introduction.
After publishing this cocktail book, Prohibition made Bullock’s profession illegal, yet bartending culture was stronger than ever, bartenders were well paid and tipped for supplying public a illegal substance of alcohol. Bullock moved frequently and changed professions during the dry period, but kept bartending at St. Louis Country Club where people could still drink. The country club did not keep the records on him working there.