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.
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.
This week back in 1949, a man was born who helped revolutionize space exploration, the military... and squirt guns. Learn about inventor Lonnie Johnson, then blast away your cares with a custom drink that packs a punch.
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.
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.
Around this time back in 1927 the Georgia Institute of Technology enrolled its most famous student. Learn about the adventurous life of George P. Burdell, then wash down the tall tale with a very real cocktail.
Back 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 the modern air conditioner and get a chilly drink to go with it.
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.
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.
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.