A History of Victorian Cocktails in the West

Ever wonder what was served by the best bars in the Old West? Taste the past, savor the present at the Ely Stage Stop on Saturday, November 1st, from 05:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m., when docents host their next fundraiser event.  Join them to learn about and to sample the libations and tidbits enjoyed in the grand bars of the Victorian-Era West.

Cocktails will feature recipes from the famous “Professor” Jerry Thomas, considered “the father of American mixology.”  Thomas authored the first “drink book” ever published in the United States. Finished in 1862, the book collected and codified what was then an oral tradition of recipes from the early days of cocktails, including some of his own creations. The book laid down the principles for formulating mixed drinks of all categories and established the image of the bartender as a creative professional; hence his nickname “the professor.” Thomas bartended on both coasts and worked at the Occidental Hotel in downtown San Francisco during the Gold Rush years.

Perfectly paired small plates inspired by the grand Victorian Era bar cuisine of San Francisco will be presented by Rosey Cooks, Lake County gourmet caterer.

Come learn, sip and taste some history. Proceeds of this Ely fundraiser will support the museum’s new blacksmith shop.

Tickets are $75 per person and include cocktail tasting and small plates with some additional surprises. Guests must purchase in advance by Sunday, October 25th as seating is limited. Guests must be 21 years of age to participate. Please drink responsibly. Call 707-279-0493 for your tasting ticket.

Support the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum, Home of the Lake County Historical Society, preserving Lake County’s past, present and future. Visit www.elystagestop.com or www.lakecountyhistory.org or check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop.