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The New Haven Cocktail Museum At The City’s Oldest Tavern

New Haven’s oldest tavern, known as the Ordinary has opened up  The New Haven Cocktail Museum. It’s the history of mixed drinks through the ages, going back hundreds of years, including, so the story goes, of “rum” saving the Elm City from being burned to the ground by British troops. You can read about early New England drinks which include the Stewed Quaker, hard cider with a hot-roasted apple floating on the top. Also included is Jerry Thomas, that Father of American Mixology, who was raised in New Haven in the 1830’s. Thomas was an assistant bartender serving Yale men, seasoned bankers and sailors. Museum curator, Colin Caplan and co-owner of Ordinary came on NYBERG to talk about this new venture.