Cocktail History in America: Online Resources (General Cocktail History) (Pre-1806-present)

The guide includes information about materials in the History of Food & Drink Collection relating to cocktail history in America and related food, social, domestic, and economic history. It also has tools and resources for completing historical research.

Online Resources

  • The Bibulous Bibliography
    • Work-in-progress list of cocktail-related books is a work in progress, Entries include known sources of the work, for many of the older ones free downloadable copies, and commentary from compiler's research experience with resources.
  • EUVS Vintage Cocktail Books 
    • Vintage Cocktail Books Free Digital Library The E.U.V.S. stands for Exposition Universelle des Vins et  Spiritueux, which refers to a Museum create by Paul Ricard in Bendor Island in south of France. The Museum is dedicated to the History of Wines and Spirits with a beautiful collection of Old Bottles from around the world and Vintage Cocktail Books. This is the on-line access to the EUVS Vintage Cocktail Books Collection.
  • Internet Archive eBooks and Texts
    • Includes a variety of out-of-copyright bar guides, manuals, and professional and home cocktail books. Use the "Search this Collection" box to find items.
  • Library of Congress, Pre-Prohibition Imprints
    • This set of early mixology books, made up of pre-Prohibition imprints from the general collections at the Library of Congress, includes works by Jerry Thomas and Harry Johnson, as well as several less well-known mixologists of the time, such as A. V. Bevill and Joseph Haywood. These books were digitized as part of the Digitizing American Imprints project. 
  • Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection (James Madison University)
    • The Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, SdArch SNP, (formerly SC# 4030), consists of 135 interviews of people who were living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia prior to the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. Most of the interviewees resided on land that was claimed by eminent domain by the commonwealth of Virginia and subsequently turned over to the US government in the 1930s. Among the topics discussed in some interviews is moonshining.
  • Special Collections Online (Virginia Tech)
    • Digitized materials from collections at Virginia Tech Special Collections.
  • Vintage Cocktail Books-A Timeline
    • Includes links to online/digitized versions of some key early cocktail texts.
  • "What's Cookin' @Special Collections?!" (Virginia Tech)
    • Our blog about the culinary history materials in Special Collections includes many posts on cocktail-related items. 

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