November 24 — Fort Mifflin

Spent too much time with your in-laws for Thanksgiving … Come learn about the OTHER spirits that reside at Fort Mifflin. 

For the last several years, we have run a very successful program on 18th Century brewing class and our original plan was to repeat this on Black Powder Friday.  This year, however, Beth hit me with a special request.  “… mix things up a bit. Rather than a whole brewing workshop, what if we called it ‘Holiday Spirits with the Regimental Brewmeister’ and we make a few punch or cocktail recipes, with samples of course.”  Hum, well that’s a different twist because cocktails in the 18th Century are nothing like the gentile drinks you have at the airport before your flight, they are complex, include very different ingredients and are mixed in a very different manner.  I love a challenge: are you up for one?

We’re hosting a hands-on, mugs-open, class on the colonial cocktails that ensured our nation not choose the turkey as its national symbol.   Get ready to face the holiday season in 18th century style! Enjoy learning about tavern culture and holiday traditions in Colonial Philadelphia and then get behind the bar to create authentic cocktails and sample punch. Learn the ins and outs of giving a proper toast and play a few tavern games.  Participants receive a booklet with recipes and toasting information and have the opportunity to buy signed copies of, The Fort Mifflin Bartenders’ Guide Book: A View into Colonial Era Spirits and Cocktails

Come learn to what it really means to come to loggerheads.  Perhaps you thought you knew what a punchline was… think again.  And of course we will discuss the real reason Brittan opposed American Independence and wanted to arrest John Hancock (SUGAR and rum!).

Tickets are now live on Ticket Leap at fortmifflin.ticketleap.com/holiday-spirits/details. Ticket costs are $40/person and this includes samples of all the cocktails we are making (additional drinks can be purchased individually). Your ticket also allows you full access to the other activities at the Fort on Black Powder Friday with Black powder demonstrations with our muskets and cannons all day long plus a program about the manufacture of black powder.  You can even fire the cannon for an additional $20 donation.  So, skip the mall and have a BLAST at Fort Mifflin!

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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