Jerry D Thomas

Jeremiah (Jerry) Thomas was a pioneering American bartender who is known as the Father of American Mixology for popularizing cocktails in the United States. His showmanship cemented the bartender's reputation as a creative professional. He studied his trade in the East, but during the gold rush in California, he worked as a bartender, St. New York, St. Louis, Chicago, Charleston, and New Orleans Thomas even went on tour in Europe, demonstrating his intricate, showy mixology techniques while juggling bottles, glasses, and mixers.

He eventually returned to New York, where he established his most famous tavern between 21st and 22nd Streets on Broadway. He was once paid $100 each week, which was more than the vice president of the United States. When he died of apoplexy in 1885, he was remembered with a large number of obituaries published across the country. Thomas was formerly better known to club men and men about town than any other bartender in the city, according to the New York Times, and he was immensely popular among all classes.