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A new library of classic bartending works has just been launched online. The EUVS site contains digitally scanned versions of books on cocktails and bar techniques dating back to the 1700s, including Harry Johnson’s Bartending Manual, How to Mix Drinks by Jerry Thomas and William Schmidt’s The Flowing Bowl.

Surely the most useful tool ever to be gifted to the international bar community.

There are 25 full works currently on the site, most of them added 20–22 March, but with plans for more – and you can request examples of any work that you would like to see uploaded.

There is zero advertising as you click through the high-resolution versions of the books. That’s because the project is funded by Exposition Universelle des Vins & Spiriteux – or EUVS for short – a museum on the Île de Bendor, on France’s Côte d’Azur.

According to bar entrepreneur Michael Menegos: “I’ve already been using it for a few days now and I must say it is surely the most useful tool ever to be gifted to the international bar community, researchers, writers and drinks enthusiasts. Congratulations to everyone involved!”

Prepare for World Class by checking out some of the world’s classic bartending books here.