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History of the Cocktail: Tiki & Exotic Drinks
  • Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

With the glut of rum after Prohibition and American servicemen coming home from exotic locales in the South Pacific, the Tiki imagination was born. Founded by eccentric and talented bartenders like Donn the Beachcomber and Vic “Trader Vic” Bergeron at the doorsteps of Hollywood, Tiki drinks were both fanciful creations using flowers, fire and Polynesian accents as well as jealousy guarded secret recipes that were coded to avoid theft. Jeff  “Beach Bum” Berry will discuss this unique period in cocktail history.

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, 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.