Notes: The definitive 1970s cocktail guide and one of the largest compendiums of cocktails (some 4000) published to date. The book is written for bartenders, with minimal instructions and often several variations on a single drink. About the author not much is known. He seems to have kicked around the beverage industry for many years and compiled copious notes on spirits and cocktails. He self-published this book, probably intending to sell it via seminars or as a training book for bartenders.
The first half of the book is filled with long backgrounds for each of the major spirits. While not always accurate, it reflects a pretty serious attempt to understand the history of ingredients. Jones also traces the histories of cocktails and their variations over the years. It's one of the first books to include the Rusty Nail. The influential bartender Jim Meehan (in Meehan's Bartender Manual) calls this book a "ray of light in a decade characterized by frilly shooters and disco drinks" and one of "the only valuable relics of the era."
xix, 515,  pages. 8-1/2 by 11 inches.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). A bit of spotting to the top edge; else near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket that retains its safety orange color, even on the spine, which tends to fade.
Publication: Los Angeles: Barguide Enterprises, 1977.
Item No: #363480