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Saturday, July 23 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
All' Americano: Italy & the Cocktail

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In the 1860s, when Italy began exporting its vermouth to the United States, this new ingredient changed the way Americans drink, and quickly—by 1885, the Manhattan and the Martini were beginning their long reign as the king and queen of American mixed drinks and vermouth was everywhere. But the encounter with American markets and the Americans’ unique ways with mixed drinks radically changed Italian drinking as well. Please join renowned cocktail Historian David Wondrich in a characteristically detailed but lively and anecdotal exploration of both sides of this exchange between cultures. Both cocktails and aperitivi will be served.

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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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Amaro Sfumato

The term Sfumato derives from the Italian word for smoke - ‘fumo’. It is traditionally associated with a style of Renaissance painting characterized by subtle transitions between areas of dark and light. This speaks directly to this amaro’s profile, which marries a dark smokiness... Read More →
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Aperitivo Cappelletti

The Aperitivo Cappelletti, endearingly known to locals as just “Specialino”, may be the oldest style of the classic red bitter still in production. Unlike its larger commercial rivals, Cappelletti is less sweet and has a wonderful drying finish. Additionally, it still uses... Read More →
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Giulio Cocchi is an authentic 125 years old family owned producer of Aromatized Wines and premium Sparkling Wines based in Asti, Italy.  Cocchi vermouths are a range of drinks solutions, best value for money, adaptable and easy to use. A cult name for bartenders all over the wo... Read More →
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Hayman's Gin

We make award-winning English gin the original way, just as we always have. Our ginealogy dates back over 150 years, making us the only family of original English gin makers still distilling today. The key to our coveted recipe is a trusted blend of botanicals. With a good old dash... Read More →

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Queen Anne Ballroom at the Hotel Monteleone