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History of the Cocktail: The Lost Generation: Prohibition and Its Aftermath
  • Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

Prohibition remains one of the most influential and critical times in American drinking. Though professional bartending and the transportation of Alcohol were made illegal, the offshoot—the speakeasy—became ubiquitous and the demographic of bars shifts from men to younger, mixed crowds. Trained bartenders either worked illegally or traveled to Europe or Latin America, where they could still legally serve Americans. The implications for the cocktail were that it lost some of its trained professionals but found a new life abroad.

Moderated by Garrett Peck, author of Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t and The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet, panelists include Jim Meehan, Bridget Albert, and Ted Haigh.

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.