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History of the World through Booze (Virtual)

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Location Zoom Conference, Online Video
Price Starting at $325  (see price details)
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
Group Size Up to 255 ppl
Note: Group size can be changed after booking if needed.


With its earliest history seated in the ancient practice of Alchemy, the art of Distillation was created by those same early chemists trying to turn lead into gold. Though they did not succeed in creating that precious metal, they did succeed in transforming grain into spirit, and those after them turned that spirit into something magical.

We will explore how the art of Fermentation (conversion of sugars to alcohol) led to the practice of Distillation (extraction of alcohol from fermented mash by heating), travelling from the Neolithic era to the present day. Distilled spirits have played a significant role throughout history, earning the moniker of "water of life" (eaux de vie, acqua vitae). We will take a mid-class break to make a classic cocktail - and a long-used medicinal tonic - the Whiskey Sour (can also be made with gin or tequila).

We will begin our journey with a brief overview of the history of Distillation, then we will examine how politics, necessity, medicine, and etiquette shaped the way we drink today. To close, we will toast the long and storied history by crafting a classic cocktail: the Old Fashioned.

Materials Needed to Fully Participate:

  • Bourbon or Rye (90-100 Proof)
  • Angostura or other Aromatic Bitters
  • Rich Simple Syrup (make ahead)
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Egg (optional but highly encouraged)
  • Lots of ice!
  • Mixing Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker or Jar with tight fitting lid
  • Bar Spoon (or regular spoon)
  • Jigger, Shot Glass, or Tablespoon
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Paring Knife
  • Rocks Glass
  • Coupe or short glass

Cancellation Policy:

  • We cannot provide refunds for events where materials have been shipped. 
  • Cancel your event for free if you provide at least a 2-week notice. 
  • Cancellations less than 2 weeks out will result in a fee of 50% of the minimum deposit amount. 

Additional Notes:

  • If you don't know your final headcount, place a hold on your date by booking the minimum group size (10 people). We'll collect the full payment after you finalize headcount.
  • We host events on Zoom and can accommodate other platforms. 
  • We do not permit or provide event recordings. Our events are best enjoyed as live interactions.
  • If you'd like to customize your event, additional fees may apply.


  • $325 for up to 10 people (includes cost of host/instructor only)
  • $20 per person thereafter
  • For customization, there is a $150 charge & we'll connect you with an expert to cater to your groups needs.

Pay the minimum ($325) as a deposit at checkout & we'll finalize your payment when you've finalized your head count!

Are you booking multiple events or do you have a very large group? Contact us for special pricing.

How to Book

  1. Complete your booking by walking through our simple checkout process.
  2. We'll send you your receipt & confirmation details.
  3. Your event provider will reach out to introduce themselves & send you additional helpful details about your event.
  4. On the day of your event, you'll have a blast!
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What others have said about this event

Karla H.
It was good and we really enjoyed it!!
Michelle J.
The event was great – super informative! Erin was fun and bubbly, which is needed in this virtual environment. She was also flexible with the group as we had some time constraints and other small changes. A BIG thanks to Erin! The only feedback I would give is although the presentation is very informative, try to also make it interactive throughout. A few questions tied to the material (where do you think the word spirits come from? what year did prohibition start/end? Etc.) could help attendees stay engaged during the presentation.