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The Professor and the Madmen

Jerry Thomas is virtually a sacred name to craft cocktail enthusiasts. The pioneering bar-tender and author set the foundation for cocktails as we know them. So, it’s only appropriate that drinking destination Bar Tonique (820 N. Rampart St.) will be honoring the patron saint’s December 15th birthday with a party.


Tonique’s manager, Mark Schettler gushed, “Jerry Thomas was the world's first so-called "mixologist." He created the Blue Blazer. Tuesday is a big day in the cocktail world. He’s the George Washington of clinking glasses, high spirits, and well-executed mixed drinks.”


For the occasion, Tonique staffers Colin Decarufel, and Jesi Goodwin along with special guest Brent Falco will be presenting a menu of modern riffs on some the 19th century classics included in Thomas’ seminal work, the Bar-Tender’s Guide (alternately titled How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion). 


Colin’s Renaissance Collins is comprised of Bols Genever, Yellow Chartreuse, Celery Bitters, Lemon, & Topped with Soda. The Mini Your Martinez is specialty shot made with Bols Genever, Bols Orange Curacao, Sweet Vermouth, & Angostura Bitters. Ina ddition, the one-night-only list features an egg-nog flip and a holiday punch replete with mulled spiced syrup. All the options are priced at five to seven dollars.


If it sounds like the list has lost of Bols, there’s a reason. Schettler explained, “Genever played an integral role in the beginnings of so-called cocktail culture, and as Bols makes what's generally considered the present-day gold standard they're sponsoring the event.”


The funs starts at 7p.m. and with Tonique’s service industry crowd, the soiree will certainly last “til ???”

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