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The Neat History of Mr. Boston’s Little Red Book

To call Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide simply a condensed encyclopedia of cocktails it to misunderstand its singular contribution to cocktail culture.

When Irwin “Red” Benjamin and Hyman C. Berkowitz founded the Old Mr. Boston Distillery, they quickly became renowned for selling high-quality cordials and collectable bottles, but arguably their greatest concoction was what was then called The Old Mr. Boston Deluxe Official Bartender’s Guide.

Published in the early days after the repeal of Prohibition, the tidy red-covered book became the must-have “Cocktail Bible” for bartenders everywhere and the cocktail adventurer in all of us.

The novelty of Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide was pooling the expertise of four crusty Boston bartenders for an amalgam of authority on ingredients, spirits, and the proper service of cocktails ensuring each and every recipe was actually bartender-tested, making it an actual “Official” bartender’s guide.

85 years strong, Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide still resides on bars all over the world, offering cocktail recipes, party planning tips, and historical tidbits.

Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide enters the digital age, with more than 10,500 recipes meticulously sourced from 1935 -2012 editions, each representing the evolution of the cocktail and underscoring the legacy of Mr. Boston’s little red book as an indispensable index and preserves the traditions and recipes that forever define cocktail culture.


Understand cocktail creation as inspired by the iconic Mr. Boston Bar Guide with our Cocktail Basics tasting.




Events


Gin Gin Mule
Virtual Tasting

Gin Gin Mule

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Hosted by Sazerac House Bar Experts.

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Tasting

Cured & Aged: Whiskey and Meats Pairing

Thursday, March 11, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

BBQ and Whiskey Tasting hosted by The Sazerac House and Emmylou's BBQ.

DL St. Pats
Seminar

Drink & Learn: St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Hosted by Drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce.

barrel to bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle Experience

Sunday, March 21, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Bottle Your Own Sazerac Rye Whiskey hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Cocoa Rum
Tasting

Cocoa & Cocktails: Rum

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Chocolate and rum pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and Piety & Desire Chocolates.

Rum blending
Workshop

Blend Your Rum Experience

Thursday, March 25, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Whiskey Walk Jan 2021
Demonstrations

Walking with Whiskey

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Cheers to Cheese Whiskey
Tasting

Cheers to Cheese: Whiskey

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cheese and rum pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and St. James Cheese Company.

barrel to bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle Experience

Sunday, April 18, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Bottle Your Own Sazerac Rye Whiskey hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Sip of French Culture
Seminar

A Sip of French Culture

Thursday, April 22, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

New Orleans History seminar Hosted by Drinks Historian Dr. Kristen Burton.

Jasmine Cocktail
Virtual Tasting

Virtual Jasmine Cocktail

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Whiskey Walk Jan 2021
Demonstrations

Walking with Whiskey

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Distillery tour and cocktail tasting hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Mint Julep
Virtual Tasting

Virtual Mint Julep

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Virtual Cocktail Demonstration Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Cured_Aged
Tasting

Cured & Aged: Whiskey and Meats Pairing

Thursday, May 13, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

BBQ and Whiskey Tasting hosted by The Sazerac House and Emmylou's BBQ.

CC Bourbon
Tasting

Cocoa & Cocktails: Bourbon

Thursday, May 20, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chocolate and bourbon pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and Piety & Desire Chocolates.

DL Julep
Seminar

Drink & Learn: Juleps

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New Orleans History Discussion and Cocktail Demo Hosted by Drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce.



Here’s to classic cocktails — and those destined to be.

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