Who coined the term mixology?

The term dates back to the cocktail's creator, Jerry Thomas, in the late 19th century.


is the study and skill of inventing, preparing and serving cocktails and other beverages. A person who is an expert in this field, called a mixologist, has a passion for making cocktails. They learn the basic ingredients of cocktails, such as the types of rum, and examine the chemistry of basic bar drinks.

The in-depth knowledge needed to create new cocktail recipes is the main difference between a mixologist and a waiter. It is no coincidence that this was also the same year that Jerry Thomas published his fundamental work, “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant's Companion”, a book that many modern waiters consider crucial to the revival of artisanal cocktail making. I'm not sure what Jerry Thomas thought of the term, but perhaps the fact that he called his guide book for waiters is an indication, although admittedly the book was published in the first version of the common use of the term. These people are too busy preparing beverages and are content to leave terminology in the hands of boisterous lifestyle journalists who try to contextualize the creative magic of the camera-making for readers.

Cocktail guides printed in the 1890s often refer to waiters as mixologists, and the term often appears in newspaper archives from that time. Many people think that the term mixologist is too pretentious and pretentious, like calling a baker a baker or a butcher a butcher a butcher a butcher a butcher. In the 1870s, the term mixology became common, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary first mentioned it in 1872 as the art or skill of preparing mixed beverages. The term mixologist seems to be inextricably linked to sophisticated equipment, such as rotary vaporizers and liquid nitrogen, and to delicate techniques, such as acid adjustment.

When the modern cocktail revival began to flourish about a decade ago, many drinkers were introduced to the word mixologist for the first time, a somewhat confusing term that could have meant a lot of things. Look up the term mixology in this app and you'll notice a big increase in its use at the turn of the millennium.

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