History of the Cocktail @ Gorton Center

Join Sonja at the Gorton Center for her popular History of the Cocktail presentation! This presentation will cover the evolution of the cocktail from its beginnings, through its rough patches, to the the current cocktail renaissance.

From Colonial times, Americans have enjoyed their alcoholic beverages, and the cocktail is a uniquely American institution.

Most of the tools, techniques and combinations used in classic cocktails were invented by American bartenders, who were celebrities in their day. That is, until we embarked on the “noble experiment” of Prohibition. We didn’t stop drinking, but Prohibition affected our drinking options and preferences massively.

Cocktails have ebbed and flowed as part of our culture since then, and classic cocktails are extremely popular again.

Class includes a few cocktail samples – must be 21+ to attend. Info & tickets here.


Oct 22 2019


7:00 pm



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Gorton Center, Lake Forest
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