In partnership with the National Archives, Derek Brown, the first-ever "Chief Spirits Advisor" to the Archives, has developed a new History of the Cocktail seminar series to discuss the role of spirits in U.S. history. In this ten-part series, some of the top writers, bartenders, spirit-makers, and thinkers in spirits and cocktails will discuss various eras in the history of the cocktail, shedding light on our Spirited Republic.
The Platinum Age of the Cocktail
Jackson Cannon, Charles Joly, Pamela Wiznitzer
Moderator: Talia Baiocchi, Punch Magazine
Bartender Jim Meehan once noted that we currently live in the “Platinum Age” of cocktails: on the one hand, there is a proliferation of classic and creative cocktails in bars across the country. On the other, bartenders have access to a wealth of tools, products and information helping to push the craft forward. The resultant landscape of cocktails and cocktail culture draws from both traditions of the past and present culinary innovations. It’s possible to have an authentically produced Old Fashioned as well as have it served in an ice sphere; it’s not a bad time for drinking in America.