Today is... World Bartender Day!
World Bartender Day is the day to appreciate the staff in your favorite bar or pub! They work hard to keep you happy and often don’t get paid very well! Remember to always be friendly to the bartender, especially by being patient if you have to wait to be served!
The Father of Mixology Was Jerry Thomas.
Jerry Thomas (1830-1885) was not the first barkeep in America, but he was the first to write about it. In 1862, Thomas published “The Bon Vivant’s Companion, also known as The Bar-Tender’s Guide” where he laid down the principles for mixing drinks and listed his own recipes. His book (which was revised several times) included the first recipes for the Tom Collins and the martini. Thomas was also quite a showman — his signature drink was the blue blazer, which involved lighting whiskey and tossing it back and forth between two mixing glasses. His bar guide is still in print.