A Toast to the Gilded Age, Experience Crafting Cognac at Driehaus


The Driehaus Museum is offering an intoxicating new series that sheds light on the fascinating history of vintage libations, exploring the emergence of the cocktail in the United States during the late 19th century. This Saturday, Oct. 7, experience A Toast to the Gilded Age: Crafting Cognac, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Named after the town in France which bears its name, Cognac has experienced a resurgence with the increased popularity of craft cocktails. This intimate event delves into the complex art of distilling Cognac from the vineyard to the countless concoctions it has inspired. Featuring a trio of French boissons in celebration of their current special exhibition, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, the evening will focus on the history and craft of the featured spirit. Light hors d’oeuvres and music will complement the cocktail tasting.

Enjoy craft cocktails stirred and created by Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy of Leisure Activities, two of Chicago’s most acclaimed bartenders, best known for their work at Sportsman’s Club and Estereo. Sweet bites will be provided courtesy of the French Pastry School.

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