Summer Friday evenings are the time to kick back and Montclair History Center is hosting a series of virtual History Happy Hours in different rooms at the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Each week, they are featuring a different time period and “receipts” for both an alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage of the period.
This week, Happy Hour takes place virtually in the Crane Dining Room (1840-1900), a period when immigration is soaring, the temperance movement is growing, and soda and champagne are bubbling. The drinks of choice during the 1800s, how immigration changed drinking habits, and whatever else comes to mind, will be discussed.
Sign up here and receive a recipe and ingredient list so you can mix the drinks at home. It’s $10/per screen for nonmembers and members are free.
Don’t feel like working but want to join in the fun? Grab a stein of beer, a soda (Coke would be period-appropriate), or a glass of champagne.
Beverage expert Sam Freeman will be tending virtual bar. He has been working in New York City restaurants for the last 10 years with a focus on fine dining. Though stationed in the kitchen for the better part of that decade (including four years at Michelin-starred Del Posto), he made a transition to the front of house via a sommelier apprenticeship program at the Grand Award winning The Modern. Freeman brings experience training restaurant staff on the stories behind wines, cocktails and spirits and is excited to share his knowledge during the virtual happy hour.
Sign up here for the third week and you’ll receive Zoom information, plus the recipe list. You can also take a look at the Montclair History Center website for a sneak peek at the drinks being featured in upcoming weeks.
Virtual History Happy Hour
Friday, July 24 at 5 pm
Members are Free