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Thursday, 15 March 2012


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in ye olde England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.' It's where we get the phrase 'mind your Ps and Qs'

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois

The first publication of a bartender’s guide, which included cocktail recipes, was made in America in 1862.

Mickey Finn was the manager and bartender of a Chicago establishment, the Lone Star Saloon and Palm Garden Restaurant, which operated from 1896 to 1903 in the city's South Loop neighborhood on South State Street. It is alleged he made some additional earnings from slipping something into his customers’ drinks, then proceeding to rob his unconscious victims. A drink laced with a drug given to someone without their knowledge in order to incapacitate them subsequently became known as a 'Mickey Finn.'

A well-known bartender, Signore Martini di Arma di Taggia, of the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York was renowned for his expertise in mixing drinks in the early 20th century. He is said to have perfected the Martini cocktail.

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