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Thursday, July 16 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
A Bottle & A Cork: Bars of Old New York

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As the old kids’ rhyme goes, “a bottle and a cork--that’s the way to spell New York.” Since the early 19th century, New York has been America’s most populous city and its commercial, financial and media capital. That has also made it the country’s greatest market for epicurean tippling. Join cocktail historian David Wondrich for a detailed, in-depth and yet lively and anecdotal exploration of the bars of New York from the end of the Revolution to the end of the Civil War. There will be plenty of low dives, rough characters, noses bitten off, boxers, gamblers, politicians and whores. But there will also be cocktails and “mixologists” (a term that was coined in New York in the 1850s). And, since all of the characteristic techniques, tools, recipes and ingredients that would characterize the then-new American way of mixing drinks either originated in New York or passed through it at an early point in their existence, the seminar will also amount to an informal history of the American Cocktail, with liquid examples and a great deal of new information.

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David Wondrich

Senior Resident Fellow, North Gowanus Institute for Cranial Distempers
David Wondrich is widely hailed as the world’s foremost authority on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. The longtime Drinks Correspondent for Esquire magazine, Dr. Wondrich (he has a PhD in Comparative Literature) is a five-time... Read More →

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Plymouth Gin

Produced since 1793 at Black Friars Distillery in Plymouth, England, Britain's oldest distillery. A distinctive style of gin that by law can only be produced in Plymouth. The over 200 year-old recipe is perfectly balanced blend of seven botanicals: juniper berry, coriander, lemon... Read More →

Thursday July 16, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Queen Anne Ballroom at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130