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Drinking Thru Decades: An Infused Series Feb-May, 2019 Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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Drinking Thru Decades: An Infused Series Feb-May, 2019 Part of the Drinking Thru the Decades

  • Date: March 12
  • Time: 7:00 pm TO 8:30 pm
  • Price: $30.00
  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045



Must be 21 years old – Samples given!

Join us and our friend Sonja Kassebaum, one of the founders of North Shore Distillery (and an avid cocktail nerd), for a spirited discussion of the history of cocktails over the last 150 years. Each month, we’ll explore, discuss and sample what people were drinking during a specific period of time, starting with the birth of the cocktail in the mid 1800’s. We’ll incorporate some local history along the way where we can find it. Also, there are some interesting stories in the history of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff related to cocktails, spirits and Prohibition.

Did you know that the cocktail is a distinctly American invention, and that many of the tools, techniques and methods used by bartenders today were developed by American barmen in the mid to late 1800’s and beyond? Learn more about these inventors, and the drinks they popularized throughout history.

Class #1: Jerry Thomas and the First Cocktail Book – 1850s-1890s
We’ll talk about Jerry Thomas, who wrote the very first cocktail book ever published, and some of the classic cocktails he wrote about, as well as the beginnings of the classic cocktail era.

Class #2: The Golden Age of Cocktails and the Dark Days of Prohibition, 1900- 1920s
We’ll make, taste and discuss some of the amazing cocktails developed during the late 1800s and early 1900s, when classic cocktails had their first heyday, and some of the famous celebrity bartenders of that time. We’ll also discuss what people were drinking during the Roaring 20s, both here in the US and abroad.

Class #3 – Prohibition’s Aftermath and the Man Men Era – 1930s – 1960s
We’ll discuss the repeal and effects of Prohibition and the Great Depression, and we’ll cover the birth of the Moscow Mule, one of the most popular drinks today. Then we’ll look at what people drank during and after World War II, and the most popular beverages as the world recovered and returned to prosperity.

Class #4 – Dark Days of Cocktails, the Cosmopolitan, and the Rebirth of the Cocktail Trend – 1970s through Today
Starting in the 1960s, cocktail culture took a drastic turn for the worse in many people’s eyes, when we favored sweet, dessert-style drinks and colorful, chemically altered drinks. In the 1980s, a little drink called the Cosmopolitan was invented. Meanwhile, some inventive bartenders were running programs in New York and certain other places that evoked the cocktail bars of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and a trend was begun. We’ll talk about some of these new legends, some of the drinks they created, and sample a few of them along the way.

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Class Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be given up to one week prior to the first week of class of any session. (The refund period for some classes, which require advanced reservations or purchase of materials, may be more limited.) Cancellations will incur a $5 handling fee for programs costing under $100 and a 10% handling fee for programs with fees of $100 or more. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified, and a full refund will be given.

If this class does not meet the minimum participation requirement, you will be notified of the cancellation within one week of the start date.