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6 Most Famous Bartenders in History

Published on 14 Jan 2022

6 Most Famous Bartenders in History

If you are one to take a liking to the world of cocktail concoctions, then read on to discover the highly influential and popular bartenders in history. Their signature work ethic has transcended the lapses of time and space to be ever-present in modern-day cocktail culture!

We have listed the chronicles of 6 cocktail connoisseurs who revolutionized the bartending field with their inventive cocktails-  

Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas, a legendary figure in the bartending world, published the first-ever cocktail book/ guide to spurring up cocktails titled "The Bon Vivant’s Companion" in the year 1862. Truly encapsulating the spirit of an exceptional bartender, his books are still in print and made use of by up-and-coming cocktail connoisseurs for a bunch of recipes. Jerry Thomas worked across dozens of bars sprawling in the US and Europe till he passed away at the age of 55 in 1885.

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Constante Ribalaigua Vert

The proprietor of Cuba's popular bar El Floridita, Constante, a splendid mixologist, did not consume alcohol creating quite an irony in the bartending profession. He stirred up Ernest Hemingway and Spencer to serve to the local tourists while skillfully immersed in his patronage to produce inventive cocktails concoctions. To everyone's delight, he left behind detailed instructions of recipes to replicate for millennia to come!

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Ada Coleman

Ada Coleman started off her career as a bartender at London’s Claridge’s Hotel in 1899, however, she soon shifted to the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar, where she earned her title of “Coley.” It might peculiar to see a woman being listed as history's most influential bartender but the savvy skills of Ada Coleman led her to the designation of head bartender at the Savoy. Ada belts the inventive and popular cocktail known as 'Hanky Panky' for the contemporary actor Sir Charles Hawtrey. Harry Craddock, her successor whom she diligently trained, went to include many of Coleman's recipes in his "Savoy Cocktail Book."

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"Cocktail" Bill Boothby

It is said that the golden age for riveting mixology occurred right between the Civil War and Prohibition opening the gateway to contemporary cocktail concoctions. One such celebrated mixologist was “Cocktail” Bill Boothby, who climbed his way to become  West Coast barmen of the time, presiding over San Francisco’s Palace Hotel bar. He has been attributed in revolutionizing the field of cocktails by publishing numerous "World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them" versions, thus, securing it for future bartenders for posterity.

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Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron

Victor was a master concocter of signature cocktails alluding to his success in using pure and fresh ingredients while stirring up a drink to serve in his international chain of bars. Bergeron at his first bar in Oakland, California pleasured the taste buds of his guest by displaying an array of cocktails, from his authentic Mai Tai to the Painkiller, he even made the entire nation fanatic over tiki cocktails (originally invented by  Don the Beachcomber).

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Charles H. Baker

Charles H. Baker was no common cocktail connoisseur. He started his career off as an industrial merchant, tried his hands in the interior decorator profession, and later abandoned all to steer his globe-trotting odyssey. The Gentleman’s Companion, a published book containing wholesome adventures mixed with virtuous cocktail convocations, by Baker at the age of 43 in the year 1939, told the thrilling tales he undertook during his global expedition. Check out his work if you ever wish to indulge in mixology crossover with faraway lands!

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