The Rome Historical Society will host food and beverage writer Don Cazentre for a discussion and signing of his book, “Spirits and Cocktails of Upstate New York: A History,” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
Cazentre claims that upstate New York has held a place in cocktail history for centuries. In 1806, a Hudson Valley newspaper printed one of the first know uses of the word to refer to an alcoholic mixed drink, defining the term as: “a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind — sugar, water and bitters — it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.”
While speculation over the word’s origin still abounds, New York can unequivocally lay claim to other drink-related milestones, Cazentre argues. The Mamie Taylor, for example, a cocktail of scotch whiskey, ginger ale and lime, was created in the state and was popular with celebrities in the early 20th century.
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