A History Lesson With Booze


Portrait of Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

How a Playwright Almost Started a War

Guest historian Sarah Vowell shares a tale adapted from her new book, "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States," about one of the proudest playwrights (and worst spies) of all time. Soak it in...along with a bubbly cocktail inspired by his escapades.


The guy with the neck beard is Henry Beresford. Photo credit: The Amica Library.

The Drunken Night of Debauchery That Inspired an Idiom

Just in time for a rambunctious Halloween weekend, find out about the night so rowdy, it changed the way we describe rowdy nights. Then wash it down with a strong cocktail that'll paint your tongue red.


Photo Credit: Mike Watson Images

The 11 Lost Days of September 1752

Around this time back in 1752, everyone in America lost 11 days of their lives. Learn about the time-warp and wash it down with an orange-infused take on a Dark 'N' Stormy.


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Nickeled and Dimed, and The Wooly

This week back in 1879, a young F.W. Woolworth opened the first five-and-dime store. Learn about how he turned small change into a massive empire, then drink down a cocktail direct from the source.