January 18, 2020 | 3-4:15pm | $40.00
La Mansion Hotel, San Miguel Room
Brian D. Hoefling
A handful of classic cocktails survived the dark ages of the mid-20th century, including the largely-abandoned likes of the Pink Squirrel and the Grasshopper; the still-stalwart Old Fashioned, Martini, and Manhattan; and drinks like the Gimlet, the Sidecar, the Ward Eight, and the Bronx, which were no less prevalent than the Martini at the time, but which are now beginning to fall by the wayside. The seminar examines the remarkably consistent mid-century cocktail menu to investigate why these drinks survived and discusses how that canon informed the early cocktail renaissance. We'll also look into the decline of some of these drinks and taste the recommended versions from some of their most prominent contemporary advocates - e.g., Joaquin Simó's Sidecar and the Employees Only Gimlet.