1882 10-22 Louisville Courier-Journal Adulteration + Fizz
TO WHISKY HRISKERS. A Few Iolnts Oa W hUky From a Bar-keeper's Bar-keeper's Bar-keeper's Standpoint. Detroit Free Fret. "Yes, there is such a thing as good, pure whisky." "Where can it be obtainedr "At many places." "At saloons!" "Sot often." "Drug store?!" "Seldom." "Where then?" 'Well, the fact is, I know of only two lots of pure whisky except, of course, a few packages owned by private Individuals and not for sale in Detroit. One is at the store of-" of-" of-" "Never mind the place. Now tell me, what profit can be made on a barrel of whisky?" "That depends on whether it is retailed by the driuk or measure, and on the class of people you sell it to." . "IIow much water can you put into a gallon of three-dollar three-dollar three-dollar whisky without giviug the cheat away I'" "Oh, a pint never would be noticed, and sometimes more is put in." "That is to say you can sell fifty or seventy-five seventy-five seventy-five seventy-five cents' worth of water to every gallon gallon of whisky!" - "Yes, ana sometimes more." "How many drinks of whisky ore estimated estimated to the gallon T" "Sixty. That is the average of a gallon, because some men take large drinks while others take little 'nips,' and so we have come to average it at sixty drinks." "That is $0 per gallon for all kinds of whisky sold over a barf ' "No, because there are bars where whisky is sold at five cents and others where fifteen and twenty eents a drink is charged." "Yet the average profit on a gallon of whisky, sold by the glass, is 800 or 400 per cent.'1 "I should say about that." "2fow, how many of your regular customers customers can tell S3 whisky from whisky which cost you S2 or less?' ' "Very few. I have, perhaps, fifteen or twenty men who are accurate judges of good liquor; can toll the various brands immediately immediately and whom I would not dare to offer any diluted or 'doctored' liquors." "How do you know but you may sometime sometime make a mistake and set out poor liquor to a good judge!" " ou can 'size a man up' generally. For instance, the other day when I was prettv busy a fashionable young man came in and called for a 'gin fir.' 1 began mixing the drink, and when I had it nearly concocted I realized that I had used whisky instead of gin. I looked at my man, thought 'never mind; let her go,' and squirting a little stuff into the drink, which kills the smell of gin, or any other liquor for that matter, I pasaed it to my customer." "Did be drink it!" 'Drink it!" Yes, indeed, and he never knew whether he was drinking a 'gin fizs or a whisky cocktail." "How did you escape detection!" "My man didn't know anything about liquor. He was just drinking for the style of the thing." s "It's a queer business, isn't it I" . "Yes, it is, and I'm going to get out of it as soon as possible."