6/13 7-9pm A Sailor's Medicine Cabinet. Cocktails to cure what ails

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6/13 7-9pm A Sailor's Medicine Cabinet. Cocktails to cure what ails

40.00

Tuesday, June 13 from 7-9pm

Taste & Make Cocktails!

Benjamin Zorn, head bartender at Pondicheri Café and master of the cocktail craft and the history of alcohol in general, will take us through the history of alcohol and it's medicinal virtues from a sailor's perspective. Sailors relied heavily on preserved goods as they often spent unforseeable amounts of time at sea in search of the next frontier! Out of reach of terra firma, sailors were quick to devise ways to save themselves from harm with strong herbal preparations made from unperishable alcohol extracts of the plants they would miss for months on end!

The cocktail can trace back some of it’s foggy history to the high seas.  British sailors had a rum and gin ration on long voyages, and needed a way to spice it up.  For that, they turned to their medicine cabinets full of bitters and tasty herbal medicines preserved in…you guessed it, alcohol!  A prime example is, Chinchona root from the equatorial Americas. Not only did it provide the best cure against Malaria, and is still regarded as a wonderful anti-inflammatory and fever-suppressant.  Our ever resourceful seafaring booze-hounds laid bare TONIC which when made properly, is still made from chinchona. You may know it as the base for gin. 

Here we will be going back to the source. You will learn about some of the herbs and roots that sailors began adding to their naval rations out of necessity and learn how they cure!  Under Benjamin's tutelage, we will be making our own teas and tonics and building cocktails with the fruits of our labor.  A little cocktail 101 with a focus on healing, and a dash of history.  This class is a great way to reset the mind early in the week!

 

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