"Doctors and Distillers" Book Talk & Cocktail Class with author Camper English


8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Eastern Timezone

Bookings closed

Event Type

Tammy’s Tastings is thrilled to host author Camper English for an online book talk and cocktail class featuring his book, Doctors and Distillers. In it he tells the intertwined story of alcohol and medicine, and how innovations in each alterered the path of the other. You’ve heard me talk in my classes about the supposed medicinal origins of many of the spirits and liqueurs we know and love to today, but there’s so much more to it than that! For instance, the book explores not only how alchemists distilled elixirs designed to cure all diseases but also how scientists learned lessons from alcohol fermentation that helped form the germ theory of disease.

Camper English is a cocktails and spirits writer and speaker who has covered the craft cocktail renaissance for over 15 years, contributing to more than 50 publications around the world including Popular Science, Saveur, Details, Whisky Advocate, and Drinks International. With a focus on the nerdy side of mixology, he has studied everything from the history of carbonation to the science of clear ice cubes, and lot of what I know about those things, I learned from reading his Alcademics blog.

If your favorite thing about Tammy’s Tastings cocktail classes is the stories behind what’s in the glass, then this is a class you cannot miss! You’ll hear Camper tell those stories, mix along with me to some cocktails inspired by the book, and have plenty of time for questions!

Want the book? Purchase a copy with your class ticket, and Camper will sign and ship it to you ahead of the talk so you can read ahead or be ready to start as soon as the event is over!

“At last, a definitive guide to the medicinal origins of every bottle behind the bar! From prehistoric beer to exotic French liqueurs, a swig of alcohol has always served as tonic and treatment. With a cocktail nerd’s love of obscure ingredients and a passion for odd historical details, Camper English illuminates the murky, confounding, and even grotesque history of booze as medicine. This is the cocktail book of the year, if not the decade.” —Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants

…best savored, not shot-gunned, with a drink in hand and among company who will not mind frequent interruptions to hear passages read aloud.” —Science magazine review

Notes: Event timezone is Eastern. Pricing is per computer connected, not per person! You’ll receive your list of mix-along recipes 5-7 days before the class.

Bookings are closed for this event. Space may still be available, call Tammy at 734-276-3215 to inquire. For events at Straight Farmhouse, call Rebecca at 734-219-8481.

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