Cocktail Bitters History & Tasting at Fort Hamilton Distillery

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Taught by James Hoffman

James Hoffman is a seasoned licensed New York City tour guide with over a decade of experience. He’s set up an array of sightseeing walks and bike tours that span from iconic landmarks like Grand Central Terminal to the historic Green-Wood Cemetery.

When he's not leading tours he runs open board game nights at and donates his time to the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), working alongside fellow guides to promote live tour guides.

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Join us for a presentation on the history and tasting of cocktail bitters in addition to two bitters-inspired cocktails. 

How did “snake oil” medicine from the 1800s create a modern day cocktail staple? Which famous bittering agent was the target of Nazis in WWII? What led to the decline of cocktail bitters and their modern day revival? We’ll cover all these subjects and more while sipping on expertly crafted drinks at Ft. Hamilton Distillery.

Class includes:

  • Cocktail bitters tasting

  • One full size welcome cocktail and two half pour cocktails inspired by the bitters presentation

  • Charcuterie board paired with drinks.

  • Hour long presentation on the history of bitters and their connection to “snake oil” medicine from the 1800s.

  • Tasting of cocktail bitters ranging from brands going back to the 1800s to modern day varieties.


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