Dinner with History: The Lure and Lore of Liquor-Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution

October 11, 2018

Dine with historian and mixologist David Emerson in a lively exploration of Colonial drinking customs. Discover the various types of beverages available to the 18th Century tavern tippler, how they were made, and even some recipes that you can try on your own (if you dare). Learn about our forefathers’ alternative to the modern Mohito and Martini, and what Ben Franklin considered “The Proof of God’s Love.”

For over 30 years, David has worked at living history museums as an independent storyteller, teaching history through the eyes of a “person of the past.” He is a veteran of Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, Morristown National Historical Park, and the Old Barracks Museum. As an Irish Shannachie, David is known for tales that are so convincing “you can almost smell the peat.”

David holds a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Oswego, with additional study at Alvescot College, Oxford, and the College of William and Mary. He is actively engaged with History on the Hoof which presents historically-based character portrayals, songs, activities, and storytelling.