Culinary Talk: How the Manhattan Changed the Course of American Cocktails

Event Date: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Free Event
Culinary Talk
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The Culinary Historians of Washington Are Pleased to Present

Philip Greene. “How the Manhattan Changed the Course of American Cocktails”

Meeting Room A

Philip Greene presents an in-depth look at the Manhattan, one of the greatest and most influential cocktails of all time. The Manhattan cocktail changed everything and as New York’s best watering holes embraced the new concoction, the original cocktail soon became known as the Old-Fashioned. Greene traces the evolution of this new drink from its competing origin stories through its continuing influence and extensive progeny, including the almighty Martini. Classic variations and contemporary updates range from the Brooklyn and the Vesper to the Little Italy and Red Hook. If you’re thirsty for a good story, you’ve come to the right place.

Greene is an attorney, cocktail historian and author of To Have and To Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, and The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail. He is also a founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans and manages the museum’s D.C. cocktail seminar program. He has presented at Smithsonian Associates, the Hemingway Society, the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, the O.S.S. Society, the University of Louisville Cocktail Conference, and the Morgan Museum and Library. Greene is the brand ambassador for the Hemingway Rum Company/Papa’s Pilar Rum, as well as for Peychaud’s. He is a contributing author to the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, (2017) and a columnist at

For more information, contact Claudia Kousoulas, 202-487-6740 or visit This is a free event, no reservations necessary