Original Source Materials (in chronological order by date of publication):

The Bartender’s Guide: How to Mix Drinks or the Bon-Vivant’s Companion, Jerry Thomas, 1862.  The first known printed collection of mixed drinks.  A second revised edition was printed in 1876. Numerous posthumous editions.

Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, William Terrington, 1872

American and Other Drinks, Leo Engel, 1878

Bartender’s Manual or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style, Harry Johnson, 1888. Numerous later editions.

Cocktail Boothby’s American Bar-Tender, William T. Boothby, 1891. Continually updated; the last published 1934

The Flowing Bowl / When and What to Drink, William “The Only William” Schmidt, 1892

Bariana: Recueil Practique et Tous Boissons Americaines et Anglaises, Louis Fouquet, 1896

Modern American Drinks, George Kappeler, 1900

The 20th Century Guide for Mixing Fancy Drinks, James Maloney, 1900

Stuart’s fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them, Thomas Stuart, 1904

The Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide, Charles S. Mahoney, 1905

Louis’ Mixed Drinks with Hints for the Care & Serving of Wines, Louis Muckensturm, 1906

The Worlds Drinks and How to Mix Them, William Boothby, 1908

Jack’s Manual on the Vintage and Production, Care and Handling of Wines, Liquors, Etc./Recipes for Fancy Mixed Drinks and When and How to Serve, J.A. Grohusko, 1910, 1916, 1933 (also 1908, 1912)

American and Other Mixed Drinks, Charlie Paul, 1912

Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks, Jacques Straub, 1913

Recipes for Mixed Drinks, Hugo Ensslin, 1916 (second edition 1917)

The Reminder, Jacob A. Didier, 1917

The Ideal Bartender, Tom Bullock, 1917

ABC of Mixing Cocktails, Harry MacElhone, 1919 (Fourth edition 2010)

Cocktails and How to Mix Them, Robert Vermeire, 1922

Barflies and Cocktails, Harry and Wynn (Harry MacElhoune and Wynn Holcombe), 1927

Cocktails de Paris, 1929

The Savoy Cocktail Book, Harry Craddock, 1930

Swallows (“Cocktail” Bill Boothby’s World Drinks and How to Prepare Them), William Boothby, 1930

Old Waldorf Bar Days, Albert Stevens Crockett, 1931

Old Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide, Leo Cotton (Ed.) 1935

The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, A.S. Crockett, 1935

So Red the Nose or Breath in the Afternoon, Sterling North and Carl Kroch, 1935

The Artistry of Mixing Drinks, Frank Meier, 1936

Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, William Tarling, 1937

Cocktails by Jean Lupoiu, Jean Lupoiu, 1938 (also 1948)

The Gentleman’s Companion: Being and Exotic Drinking Book or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker, and Flask, Charles H. Baker, 1939 (reprinted 2001 as Jigger, Beaker and Glass: Drinking Around the World

Bottoms Up, Ted Saucier, 1951

The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David A. Embury, 1958 (Third edition)


Recommended Reading:

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, Ted Haigh

Imbibe!, David Wondrich