One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams.—John Milton

The Complete Bartender

Albert Barnes

The Complete Bartender

The Complete Bartender by Albert Barnes, part of the series Classic Cocktail Guides and Retro Bartender Books, edited by Joanne Asala and Rowan Grier.

Classic Cocktail Guides and Retro Bartender Books

Series Editor: Joanne Asala

Top bartender's Bible maxims, 1884:

1. Be neat and clean in dress.

2. Keep your bar in the same condition.

3. Keep your tumblers free from finger marks and grease.

4. Have your bottles carefully labeled and in the proper places.

5. Should you keep a fancy bar, see that the various articles are arranged to the best advantage.

6. Keep your mirrors like polished gold, for they are the most noticed of all adornments.

7. See that the floor is well-kept and the spittoons in such places that the customers will not fall over them.

8. Be polite and attentive, but not intruding.

9. Know when to talk and when to keep silent.

10. Avoid profanity in yourself; do not notice it in others.

11. Drink as little as possible behind your own bar.

12. Keep good liquors for a pure trade.

13. Never overcharge a stranger.

14. Do not encourage arguments and when in one be noncommittal.

15. Be as honest to yourself as to your customers.

This facsimile of the original edition is published by Kalevala Books as part of the series Classic Cocktail Guides and Retro Bartender Books, and includes a resource section to help you find or recreate those hard-to-find ingredients.

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ISBN: 978-1-880954-33-1

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