History of the Cocktail - Tiki & Exotic Drinks

  • 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

Tiki and Exotic Drinks
Jeff “Beach Bum” Berry, Stephen Remsberg, David Chan
Moderator: Naren Young, Fork and Shaker

With the glut of rum that floods America after the repeal of Prohibition and the return of American servicemen from exotic locales in the South Pacific, Tiki culture was born. Dreamed up by eccentric and talented bartenders like Don the Beachcomber and Vic “Trader Vic” Bergeron at the doorsteps of Hollywood, Tiki drinks were both fanciful creations adorned with flowers, fire and Polynesian accents as well as secret recipes that were fiercely coveted, closely guarded and often coded to avoid theft.

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