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A functional deck of 52 playing cards featuring classic drink recipes and the history surrounding the birth of the cocktail culture.
A functional deck of 52 playing cards featuring classic drink recipes and the history surrounding the birth of the cocktail culture.
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Thomas Tippins Presents: The Drinking Deck

This deck is unlike any deck of playing cards created before! It is a full compendium of cocktail recipes and cocktail histories! Beautifully hand drawn and illustrated and wrapped up in a fully functional deck of playing cards created by bartenders for everyone!

Printed by the USPCC (United States Playing Card Company)

Between the 3 of us combined--we have decades of experience working in bars from San Diego to San Fransisco to New York and several places in between--we have (and still are) constantly educating our guests, who pepper us with the most detailed, to the seemingly obvious questions of the inner-workings of a specific cocktail as we're making it, the functions of a certain ingredient, or even the way the bar itself is run.

One of the number cards
One of the number cards

This is a fully functional 52 deck of playing cards featuring sketches, recipes and some key moments in the history of cocktails.

Our curious customers at all the bars we've worked at over all these years are the inspiration behind the character of Thomas Tippins "the world's first bar fly." The Lore of Tippins: is that he made the rounds during pre-probition America in some of the countries oldest taverns, saloons and pubs--in the biggest pioneering cities responsible for the birth of drinking as we know it today. He frequented places in cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston. And with that endearing, childlike thirst for knowledge--while quenching his own--he would make sketches of the cocktails the bartenders made him and copy down the ingredients or "specs" as a form of reference for another bar tender in another city that may not have heard of the drink.

Early Sketch Of Thomas Tippins "the world's first bar fly"
Early Sketch Of Thomas Tippins "the world's first bar fly"

These sketches--on a simple bar napkin--came to be known as "Tippins' Notes." And because he would always leave a generous monetary token of appreciation when his requests were met with enthusiasm and grace... Leaving money for services well rendered by your bar tender became a common practice. What we now call "tipping."

Another number card showing a classic gin cocktail
Another number card showing a classic gin cocktail

These cards are an esthetically pleasing, interesting and entertaining version of "tippins' notes." A great addition for the home bar, an added dimension to a cocktail or dinner party and a must have collector's item for the cocktail enthusiast.  Rather than doing something along the lines of yet another cocktail book--we let Thomas tell you the stories--bringing you the same information but with a delightful twist.

We are currently designing the deck from scratch using classic cocktails and the history of the cocktail as a guiding reference. We plan on having the deck finished by the completion of this Kickstarter.

In addition to providing classic cocktails recipes for home and bar use, these cards also provide some historical insight to what transpired in the history books of the cocktail and the turn of events that led us to where we are now. 

Queen card portraying one of the protagonists of prohibition
Queen card portraying one of the protagonists of prohibition
Ace card showing some of the "cultural effects" of cocktails
Ace card showing some of the "cultural effects" of cocktails
Early Sketch of a classic scotch cocktail the "blood and sand"
Early Sketch of a classic scotch cocktail the "blood and sand"
Updated sketch of the card back!!
Updated sketch of the card back!!

All of the gorgeous recreations of Thomas' sketches are completely original works created by the supremely talented Cora Tang.

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Below is an almost finalized list of what each card will represent! Cocktail recipes, historical events, and cocktail culture!!

Every card's suite will be identified by a specific classic cocktail glass!! I.E. Hearts/Coupe glasses, Diamonds/Collins glasses!!

Number cards will feature classic cocktail recipes you can recreate at home!!

Jack cards will feature “the jack of trades” that bartenders use everyday in their line of work

Queen cards will feature historical events regarding alcohol in America

King cards will feature drawings and stories about our featured character Mr. Thomas Tippins!!

Ace cards will tell and show the cultural and physical affects of alcohol and cocktails!!

Hearts - Coupe glasses



  • 2 - Boulevardier
  • 3 - Brooklyn
  • 4 - Corpse reviver #1
  • 5 - Martinez
  • 6 - Rolls Royce
  • 7 - Manhattan
  • 8 - Rob Roy
  • 9 - Dobbs Cocktail
  • 10 - Chicago Cocktail
  • Jack - the use of egg whites
  • Queen - Carrie Nation
  • King - Thomas Tippins
  • Ace - Dopamine

Diamonds - Collins glasses

  • 2 - Tom Collins
  • 3 - Dark n' stormy
  • 4 - Cuba Libre
  • 5 - Mojito
  • 6 - Queens Park Swizzle
  • 7 - Rickey
  • 8 - Bramble
  • 9 - Coco de Agua
  • 10 - Mexican "firing squad" Special
  • Jack  - tonic and its history
  • Queen - The Whiskey Rebellion
  • King - Thomas Tippins
  • Ace - TBA

Spades / Sour glasses

  • 2 - Army Navy
  • 3 - Whiskey Sour
  • 4 - Gimlet
  • 5 - Blood and Sand
  • 6 - Southside Cocktail
  • 7 - Last Word
  • 8 - Aviation
  • 9 - 20th Century
  • 10 - Daiquiri
  • Jack - Bitters and their necessity
  • Queen - Prohibition
  • King - Thomas Tippins
  • Ace - TBA

Clubs - Rocks glasses

  • 2 - Old Fashioned
  • 3 - Maid
  • 4 - Vieux Carre
  • 5 - Negroni
  • 6 - Margarita
  • 7 - Sazerac
  • 8 - Toronto
  • 9 - Smash
  • 10 - Pina Colada
  • Jack - Vermouths - The Many Kinds
  • Queen of clubs - Repeal of Prohibition
  • King - Thomas Tippins
  • Ace - TBA

Risks and challenges

The only problem that we foresee as of yet would be keeping up with the volume of orders. We meet regularly ironing out every line and sentence so the creative process should not be a threat to the project. This is Cora and Alex's first run with KickStarter, however our 3rd partner Ryan Andrews has successfully launched his company "RX Bitters" through KickStarter. Having someone who's already tried and come through the other side smelling like roses--is a huge advantage for us and adds some comfort. Check out the awesome things Ryan is doing in big part thanks to KickStarter here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2127903322/rx-bitters-co-completing-cocktails-one-dash-at-a-t

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