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Cocktails Across America at Kramerbooks

August 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Taste and learn about the COCKTAILS ACROSS AMERICA from authors Anne Peck-Davis and Diane Lapis. We'll be learning the history and tasting different cocktail recipes from the book because there is no better combo than drinks and books!

General Admission tasting $15

General Admission tasting + book $25 (book regular price $24.95)

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Cocktails Across America: A Postcard View of Cocktail Culture in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s consists of 53 cocktail recipes, fascinating period vignettes, and over 200 beautiful linen postcard images that complement the story of the post-Prohibition era. The unique cocktail lounges, hotel bars, and other more exotic drinking venues (ice rinks, carousels, and tropical gardens, just to name a few) defined this era of drinking culture and were immortalized in the linen postcards used to advertise them. The reader will be transported to an era of unbridled indulgence and distinct glamour.

Author Bios

Anne Peck-Davis has amassed a significant collection of vintage postcards, cocktail books, and mid-century artifacts. She has lectured on the subject at museums and special interest groups and co-authored the book, Cocktails Across America. Twilight is Anne's favorite time of day, when the civility of a well-prepared cocktail is a welcome evening tradition. Her work, with co-author Diane Lapis, has appeared in publications such as, Zocalo Public Square, and Smithsonian Magazine.

Diane Lapis is an inveterate postcard collector who revels in unveiling the hidden stories behind each image. She loves to travel and visit historic places, especially old bars and cocktail lounges. Diane is the president of the Beacon Historical Society and an independent researcher. She enjoys the serendipity of exploring, writing, presenting, and publishing topics on local history and whatever suits her fancy. She is currently working on a biography about a founding member of the White House News Photographer’s Association.

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