Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Culinary Historians of New York in partnership with Mount Vernon Hotel Museum presents
Flips and Rattle Skulls: Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England with Corin Hirsch
“If the Ancients drank Wine as our People drink rum and Cyder it is no wonder We read of so many possessed with Devils.” So wrote John Adams in 1796, at a time when his countrywomen and men swilled alcoholic drinks during most of their waking hours.
Alcohol was a fact and a factor in colonial American life, from skirmishes between the Mayflower’s passengers and crew over dwindling beer stores to pitchers of flip consumed before the Battle of Lexington. In this talk, food and drinks writer Corin Hirsch will discuss how and why alcohol was such an integral part of life in the colonies and describe some of the proto-cocktails of the day, from Stone Fences to Rattle Skulls. We’ll also touch on how cocktails were one of the first American gastronomic innovations.
A reception with colonial drink and festivity will precede the talk.
Corin Hirsch is a dining critic and drinks columnist at Newsday. Her 2014 book, Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips & Rattle-Skulls to Switchel & Spruce Beer, sprang from a curiosity about the roots of the modern cider and craft distilling revival.
Location: The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 417 E. 61st Street (between 1st Ave. and York) New York, New York 10065, http://www.mvhm.org/
Time: 6:30 pm check-in and reception | 7:00 pm program
Fee: EARLY BIRD RATE: $22 for CHNY and MVHM Members and Senior Members who register before November 27| $25 CHNY and MVHM Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests| $10 Full-time students with ID
Current members may purchase a single ticket at the members’ rate; members wishing to bring guests may purchase additional tickets at the non-member rate.
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