Jerry Thomas Night at Vessel

by Stevi on February 11, 2009

in Cocktails,Events,Fun

My passion for cocktails and mixology was in part inspired by From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas by David Wondrich. In discussing Jerry Thomas, America’s first celebrity bartender, Wondrich also covers some of the most important basics in creating great cocktails.

Jerry Thomas makes a Blue Blazer

Jerry Thomas makes a Blue Blazer

I’m not alone in my admiration for Mr. Thomas. Vessel, one of Seattle’s top cocktail bars, is trying to create a bartender’s holiday in his name. That’s why this Presidents Day, Monday, February 16, from opening at 4 pm until close, Vessel is hosting Jerry Thomas Night, in honor of the Founding Father of bartending.

Vessel bartenders Jim Romdall and Zane Harris1 are working with other Seattle bartenders to create a great list of Thomas’ cocktails for the event.

What promises to be even more fun is they’ll be asking all bartenders who attend to get behind the bar and make one of Thomas’ signature drinks, the Blue Blazer.

Blue Blazer

2 1/2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey or Brandy
2 1/2 oz boiling water
1 tsp powdered sugar
lemon peel

Use two large silver-plated mugs, with handles. Put the whiskey in one mug, and the boiling water into the other, ignite the whiskey and, while blazing, mix both ingredients by pouring them from one mug to the other. If well done, this will have the appearance of a continued stream of liquid fire. Sweeten with sugar and serve with a piece of lemon peel. Serve in a four-ounce stemmed mug.

The result is a whiskey toddy, with a great show to boot.

It promises to be a great night. I’m looking forward to it, and if you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!

Jerry Thomas Night
Monday, February 16, 2009 (Presidents Day)
1312 5th Ave
, WA
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[1] Call Zane a mixologist. I dare you!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Columbine Quillen September 27, 2009 at 5:52 am

Sounds like an awesome event! Sorry I missed it.


Stevi September 27, 2009 at 10:19 am

It was a lot of fun. I hear talk there will be an effort to turn this into an annual event!


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