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History of the Cocktail: The Birth of the Cocktail
  • Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

Though the cocktail is ubiquitous in America, there was a time when it was virtually unknown. It makes its first appearance in 1803 in the Farmers Cabinet and is first defined in 1806 as containing spirituous liquor of any kind, sugar, water and bitters as part of political commentary in The Balance and Columbian Repository. It goes from there to become not just a drink (and category of drinks) known throughout the nation but to be a signifier of our cultural, political and social life.

Moderated by Logan Ward of Garden & Gun Magazine, panelists include Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, and Duane Sylvestre.

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.