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Drink Through History With Rebellious Spirits

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The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art + Natural History, Hackney

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Drink Through History With Rebellious Spirits

Six drinks, six stories and a copy of Rebellious Spirits to take home

Enjoy historical cocktails drawn from the pages of Rebellious Spirits accompanied by exciting tales read by the author. To celebrate the launch of Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain this is a series of evening events, inviting you to join the author for six recreated historical cocktails while you are entertained with tales of the secret, exciting and often dangerous world of illicit spirits brought to life from within the pages of her book. Sip a spiced wine from a recipe almost two millennia old while hearing about the mystery cults of ancient Greece; sample Highland Bitters over tales of Scots outwitting dastardly English gaugers; try a Milk Punch while protest and rebellion break out on the streets of eighteenth century London. Then learn the history of the cruellest and most corrupt official in Donegal to the accompaniment of a fiery glass of sloe poitín, drink the Wassail to honour daring smugglers bringing in the brandy used to toast Christmas and finally try a Wartime Martini made with cider vermouth as not just spirit production but the production of most other cocktail ingredients is shut down to aid the war effort during the Second World War and the Spivs of the black market take up the challenge of supply. The evening ends with the chance to ask the author any questions in your intimate group of just fifteen fellow explorers. Over 18s only. Arrive at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities 7.45pm for an 8pm start. All six drinks as well as a copy of the book are included in the price. The first and last drinks are full sized, but the middle four are half sized, to ensure the audience is still able to stand at the end of the evening.

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