kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Learn the history of the Daiquiri...and no, it doesn't involve ice or strawberries

In 1909, U.S. Navy Admiral Lucius Johnson introduced theDaiquiri cocktail to the United States in Washington, DC at the Army-Navy Club, and the Museum of the American Cocktail is set to celebrate it. Join Derek Brown and Phil Greene at the historic Occidental Grill restaurant for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Daiquiri's debut.

On Thursday, November 19th, the two board members of the Museum of the American Cocktail will host a seminar on the Daiquiri, featuring renowned author and Tiki expert Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, the author of such books as Sippin' Safari, Intoxica!, and Beachbum Berry's Grog Log. Local mixologist and Brand Ambassador for Cabana Cachaca Jon Arroyo, head barman at Farmers and Fishers (formerly Agraria) and Founding Farmers will also be mixing it up.

You'll get to sample and learn how to make the classic Daiquiri and hear tales about its storied past; learn about the evolution of the so-called Hemingway Daiquiri, as served at El Floridita in Havana; see how the Daiquiri served as a springboard for the great Tiki movement of the 1930s and 1940s, and how it served as a platform for numerous Tiki greats. You also discover the national drink of Brasil, the Caipirinha, and compare and contrast it with the traditional Daiquiri, and much, much more. All the while you'll enjoy delicious appetizers from the Occidental's great chefs.

Here's how to register:

Sounds like a great evening!