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 Fine Art of Mixing Drinks
Tony Abou-Ganim, Camper English, Phil Greene
Moderator: Victorino Matus, Weekly Standard
In the late 1930s a cocktail enthusiast named David Embury pens The Fine Art of Mixing Cocktails, signaling many changes in the way Americans drink, from making cocktails at home to the rise of a lesser-known spirit, vodka. His book is full of both technical suggestions and theoretical discussions. The publication of Embury’s manual marks a turning point in American drinking, ushers in the era of Mad Men and is a precursor to a consumer culture that fully embraced cocktails.