A History Lesson With Booze


Saxophonist Eddie Chamblee playing with the Lionel Hampton jazz band.  (Photo by Reg Davis/Express/Getty Images)

Monsieur Sax and his Mutant Horn

Around this time in 19th century France, Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax got an idea for a super-instrument. Learn the story of the saxophone's start and then finish it off with a brassy citrus cocktail.


Umpire masks line a bench at the indoor batting cages during the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring on January 27, 2011 at the Houston Astros Spring Training Complex  in Kissimmee, Florida.  Jim Evans was a Major League Umpire for 28 years that included umpiring four World Series.  Many of his students have gone on to work on all levels of baseball including the Major Leagues.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

One Strike for Feminism: Baseball’s First Female Umpire

Around this time back in 1972, Bernice Gera became the first female umpire in pro baseball history...and then immediately resigned. Learn why she took herself out of the ballgame, then steal home to mix an All-American cocktail.


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The Messy Mystery of Sloppy Joe History

Dive deep into the complicated origin of the sloppy sandwich, which involves one of the greatest literary figures in history. Then wash it down with a tart drink.


Levi Strauss Shop in Madrid. (Photo by Fernando Camino/Cover/Getty Images)

From Genoa to Nimes: The Brief History of Jeans

This week back in 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis landed a patent for what may be the best-known item of clothing ever -- denim jeans. Learn about the surprisingly international history of All-American blue jean, then salute your shorts with a custom cocktail.


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Twister’s Tangled Origin Tale

Around this time in 1966, two guys in the Twin Cities dreamt up a party game that had people falling all over each other. Connect the dots in the history of Twister, then gingerly sip on a colorful drink.


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Opening Pandora’s Inbox: The Birth of Spam

Back in 1994, two Phoenix-area lawyers hit upon a new way to advertise their legal services: auto-send thousands of emails to chat groups. Hear about their recipe for spam, and then check your inbox for a custom cocktail.


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The Biggest Heist in U.S. Art History, Still a Mystery

Find out about the most costly property theft in US history: the 1990 Isabella Gardner Museum art heist, in Boston. Our bartender -- himself a former art guard -- mixes up a drink that's laced with bitterness.