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.

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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.


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.

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How Willis Carrier Helped us Keep our Cool

Around this time in 1902, a guy named Willis Carrier drew up plans for an invention that made life a lot more comfortable for everybody. Learn the history of modern air conditioner and get a chilly drink to go with it.

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The Birth of Bugs Bunny

This week back in 1940, Warner Bros. released the animated short "A Wild Hare," officially introducing one of the biggest stars in movie history: Bugs Bunny. Learn how Bugs got his name and his catchphrase, then sip this wascally drink.

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.