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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


Barrel to Bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle

Sunday, June 13, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

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

Cheers to Cheese Rum
Tasting

Cheers to Cheese: Rum

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Sazerac Cocktail Week - Virtual Sazerac Cocktail Class
Virtual Tasting

Virtual Sazerac Cocktail Class celebrating Sazerac Cocktail Day

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Virtual Sazerac Cocktail Demo Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Walking with Whiskey
Demonstrations

Walking with Whiskey

Thursday, July 1, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Ice & Its Influence D&L
Seminar

Drink & Learn: Ice & Its Influence

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

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

French 75 cocktail
Virtual Tasting

Virtual French 75

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Virtual Cocktail Demonstration Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Barrel to Bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle

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

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

Cocoa & Cocktails: Bourbon
Tasting

Cocoa & Cocktails: Bourbon

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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



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

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