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History of the Cocktail: American Drinking B.C. (Before the Cocktail)
  • Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

It seems that America was drinking not only in the nascent stages of the Republic but long before. In this symposium, we will discuss the continent before wide-spread settlements, leading up to colonization, and the variety and kinds of drinks that were consumed. This includes some revelatory information about possible pre-Hispanic distillation to the first wine to come to the Americas with Christopher Columbus, Sherry.

Moderated by M. Carrie Allen of the Washington Post, panelists include Derek Brown, David Suro-Piñera, and Steve Olson.

This seminar will include a tasting of specialty cocktails. Must be 21+ to attend.

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This program is part of a series on the history of spirits and cocktails in America, curated by Derek Brown and presented by the National Archives Foundation in conjunction with the National Archives Museum exhibit “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History,” on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery through January 10, 2016.