Cradle of the Cocktail: The Rise of Drinking Culture in 19th Century New Orleans
A Virtual Gallier Gathering with Dr. Kristen Burton Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The home of Sazeracs, Hurricanes, and the Ramos Gin Fizz, New Orleans is famous for its cocktail culture and cherished tradition of savoring libations. The origin of this culture stretches back to the nineteenth century, a time when New Orleans emerged as the ideal location for the cultivation of drinks that captured the imagination of locals and visitors alike. Join us as we follow the creation of timeless cocktails, the elaboration of nineteenth-century mixology, and the powerful bond created between the city and the art of drinking.
About the Speaker:
Kristen D. Burton, Ph.D. is the Teacher Programs and Curriculum Specialist at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. She works with the Museum to create curriculum for educators and facilitates teacher professional development workshops in New Orleans and abroad. Prior to her role at the Museum, Burton researched and taught courses on the history of alcohol and intoxication, women in history, and the history of medicine. She completed her MA in History at Oklahoma State University and her PhD in Transatlantic History at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her book, “Slow, yet Sure Poyson: How Alcohol became an Intoxicant and the Origins of Transatlantic Temperance,” is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press.