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History of the Cocktail - Our Founding Drinkers

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

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

Our Founding Drinkers
Wayne Curtis, JP Fetherston, Steve Bashore
Moderator: Reid Mitenbuler, author of the forthcoming Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

George Washington owned the largest whiskey distillery of his time, Thomas Jefferson was obsessed with wine and Benjamin Franklin even wrote a "Drinker's Dictionary," which is a humorous list of euphemisms for being drunk. It turns out the early leaders of the new republic gained as much courage from the contents of their cups as the conviction of their ideals. We'll discuss drinking in colonial times to the early formation of America and how alcohol was an integral part of colonial life and American values.

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Earlier Event: May 17
World Whisky Day