The Secret History of the Gin & Tonic w/ Tory Pratt - Atlas Obscura Experiences

The Secret History of the Gin & Tonic w/ Tory Pratt

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1 hour
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What We’ll Do

Looking for the perfect thing to class up your favorite cocktail? How about a little curiosity with a dash of history? Join us for a special cocktail course that'll teach you to make a better drink, and give you something to talk about at the party too!

We'll be joined by Pratt Standard Cocktail Company founder, Tory Pratt, who will lead us on a journey through the complex history of one of the world's oldest drinks: the Gin & Tonic, and its relative, the Gin Rickey. The tale of this medicinal drink weaves from Peru to Indonesia to British India, and beyond. And Tory will share tips and tricks for making the best Gin & Tonic along the way.

Over the course of the event, we'll cover two classic cocktails - a proper Gin & Tonic and a Gin Rickey. You can join us just to watch and learn make a cocktail right along with Tory! You can find an ingredient list below, and recipes will be included with registration confirmation. Non-alcoholic options will also be discussed.

Come and learn how to make a Gin & Tonic, and how to talk about it too!

Ingredients List (If you'd like to make a Gin & Tonic along with Tory)

- Fresh Ice

- Gin (if you can find Navy Strength Style Gin we'll tell you all about it)

- Tonic (either commercial or artisanal tonic syrup or lemon tonic syrup from Pratt Syrups, plus club soda)

- Soda water/seltzer

- 1-2 fresh limes per person

- A citrus juicer or a fork

- A collins glass

- A bar spoon or a chopstick

- A knife

This experience is part of Gastro Obscura At Home 2022, our very first online culinary festival, presented exclusively for Atlas Obscura Membership subscribers. Join us on Saturday, July 23rd, for an entire day of live online events featuring expert chefs, best-selling authors, curious cooking, AO giveaways, and more!

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About Your Host
Tory Pratt
Tory Pratt

Tory Pratt is the Founder of Pratt Standard Cocktail Company, which makes 13 flavors of craft cocktail syrups to help home mixologists make great drinks. She has taught over 15,000 home bartenders how to make better cocktails, and has designed 25 bar programs from DC to Ohio. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Neil and their corgi Apollo.

What Else You Should Know

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Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 21+

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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