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Historical Bartending?

I'm interested in learning more about the historical aspects of bartending and drinks from around the turn of the (last) century and around the era around prohibition. CHOW regularly covers that sort of thing, but I'm interested in going deeper and broader with my research.

Where to start?

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  1. Read Imbibe by Dave Wondrich.

    1. something new orleans related for sure...

      1. You may want to attend Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this summer from July 16-20, 2008. This event has tons of seminars about cocktails. Everything you want to know, plus some. AND the top mixologists and cocktailians in the world will be there, many willing to talk you ear off as long as you buy them a cocktail.

        http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/200...

          1. There is a book out by Colin Peter Field (the name escapes me) the head bartender at The Ritz in Paris. He really goes into the history of the cocktail

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            1. re: Withnail42

              It's called the Cocktails of the Ritz Paris. I have it in my pile of books that I haven't gotten to yet.