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An Old Fashioned Type of Drink

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The story of the very first cocktail - where it came from, the strong opinions it breeds and what the way we drink it says about us.

The word “cocktail” was first defined in print in 1806 with a simple recipe - strong spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters. Since then the specs have morphed to include brandy, rum, whiskey (and whisky), rum, vermouth, absinthe, amaro, campari, lime juice, even pickled mushrooms. The list goes on and on. And as the years have gone by the way we make and stir and argue over this drink has shaped the cocktail world forever - but perhaps it’s shaped us even more.

We’re joined on this episode by David Wondrich, author of “Punch!” and “Imbibe” and by Dale DeGroff, former head bartender of the Rainbow Room and author of “The Craft of the Cocktail.” Our actors today are Chris Stinson and Mary Myers. Music by Ryan Laney, research assistance by Zoe Denckla, logo by Alicia Qian.

Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us as we talk about history's favorite drinks and how what we drink shapes history. To see what's coming next follow Greg on instagram @100ProofGreg. #drinkinghistory

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