Exploring the ‘Forgotten Drinks of Colonial America’
Colonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, cider and spirits. Everyone from teenage farmworkers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often, at breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner. This burgeoning cocktail culture reflected the New World’s abundance of raw materials: apples, sugar and molasses, wild berries and hops. This plentiful drinking sustained a slew of smoky taverns and inns, watering holes that became vital meeting places and nexus of unrest as the Revolution brewed. On Saturday, March 15, at 5 p.m., come to Northshire Bookstore to explore the favorite potations of early Americans with New England food and drinks writer, Corin Hirsch, who will present her book, ‘Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer.’ Small tastings/samples will be available at the event. For more information, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit northshire.com.