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History of the Cocktail - The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks

  • 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

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.

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Later Event: August 9
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