This is one talk in a series on cocktail history by the National Archives Foundation curated by Chief Spirits Advisor (and DC bar owner) Derek Brown.
This accompanies and exhibit called Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, an exhibit in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, through January 10, 2016. You can see some highlights from the exhibit here.
The specific panel I'll be sitting on takes place August 8, 2015:
History of the Cocktail: The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks
Saturday, August 8, at 3 p.m.
In the late 1930s, a cocktail enthusiast named David Embury pens The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, 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, ushering in the era of Mad Men and setting the stage for a consumer culture that fully embraced cocktails. Moderated by Victorino Matus of the Weekly Standard, panelists include Tony Abou-Ganim, Camper English, and Derek Brown. This seminar will include a tasting of specialty cocktails. Must be 21+ to attend.
So that's the era we'll be covering. Later seminars (full list here) will cover later eras:
- History of the Cocktail: Tiki & Exotic Drinks
- History of the Cocktail: Out of the Dark Ages: 1970s-1990s
- History of the Cocktail: The Rebirth of the Cocktail
- History of the Cocktail: The Platinum Age of the Cocktail
I am very, very excited about this. I hope to see some friends in DC!