History of the Cocktail - The Rebirth of the Cocktail

  • National Archives Museum 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC, 20408 United States

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 Rebirth of the Cocktail
Julie Reiner, Ryan Magarian, Paul Clarke
Moderator: Eric Felten, How’s Your Drink?

The 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 who reached into the past to resurrect classic cocktails. Yet, there were many forces that shaped these new classics and the people who created them, ranging from a nascent “foodie” subculture to home beer brewing. This era saw the rise of the Cosmo and Mojito and a glimmer of light shining through from the Dark Ages in cocktails of the 1970s and 80s.

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