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History of the Cocktail: The Rebirth of the Cocktail
  • Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

The new renaissance in cocktails that we’ve seen over the last 20 years was spearheaded in the late ’80s and ’90s by a few talented bartenders that reached into the past to resurrected classic cocktails. Yet, there were many forces that shaped these new classics, ranging from a nascent “foodie” subculture and home beer brewing. This is when we saw the rise of the Cosmo and Mojito and a little more substance rise for the Dark Ages in cocktails of the 1970s and ’80s.

Moderated by Eric Felton, author of How’s Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well, panelists include Julie Reiner, Ryan Magarian, and Paul Clarke.

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

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.