Jerry Thomas was an American bartender famous for his cocktails & mixed drinks. In addition to making cocktails & mixed drinks, Jerry Thomas owned and operated saloons in New York City. Because of his pioneering work in popularizing cocktails & mixed drinks in New York City as well as across the United States, he is considered the father of American mixology. He was also considered as an expert in the food & wine and beverages & wine categories, and it was his expertise that helped Jerry Thomas write the seminal work on cocktails & mixed drinks. Jerry Thomas displayed creativity and showmanship while preparing drinks and established the image of the bartender as a creative professional and as an entrepreneur.