The Museum of the American Cocktail has proudly opened up it's physical exibit in New Orleans.
You can get more information about our New Orleans exhibit, as well as many photographs
Just a few items from our New Orleans Exhbit
We hope that all of you can get a chance to visit us there soon, in the
meantime, we would like to provide you with the virtual exhibit below, which
includes some of the material from our New Orleans exhibit, as well as some
original content created just for this online version.
Here are some of the exhibit panels from our main display, click on one of the
thumbnails to launch the tour, then click on the left or right side of the
window to move forward or backward through the tour.
Origins of the Cocktail
The earliest known definition for the "cock-tail" comes by way of a response to a
rather innocent "Letter to the Editor" from May 13th, 1806. Click on the image
below to see how this exchange appeared in "The
Balance and Columbian Repository"
History In A Glass
Was the Sazerac the original cocktail? Recently, Phil Greene and Chris McMillian, were asked to present
at the Smithsonian Institute in order to answer this question as well as provide some insights into
several classic New Orleans libations. Click on the image below to watch a video of their presentation.
Our own Chris McMillian, while working at the Library Bar in the New Orleans Ritz Hotel, filmed a series of
Videos with NOLA.com to illustrate many of the classic cocktails which he would serve to his guests.
We've gathered all of those videos here in one place so you can see how many of these classic cocktails
are properly prepared.
Patents of Interest
Over the centuries, various patents have been issued which provide a glimpse into how
barware has evolved, and continues to evolve. In this exhibit you will find a handful
of those patents which we have prepared in order to allow you a glimpse into this process.
Albert Pick Saloon Catalog
Albert Pick was once a well known supplier of restaurant and bar equipment. We
have a copy of their catalog from 1918 as part of our exhibit and have extracted
a few choice images
which we thought you might enjoy.