Author and drink historian Ruth Ball will be serving up six historical cocktails, accompanied by stories of the wild and wonderful world of illicit spirits drawn from her new book Rebellious Spirits.
Sip a spiced wine from a recipe almost two millennia old while hearing about the mystery cults of ancient Greece; sample creamy Atholl Brose over tales of Scots outwitting dastardly English gaugers; try a Milk Punch, the surprisingly delicious result of a recipe involving curdled milk, while protest and rebellion break out on the streets of eighteenth century London. Then learn the history of the cruellest and most corrupt official in Donegal to the accompaniment of a fiery glass of sloe poitín, drink the Wassail to honour daring smugglers bringing in the brandy used to toast Christmas and finally try a Wartime Gimlet scraped together with preserved limes as not just spirit production but the production of most other cocktail ingredients is shut down to aid the war effort during the Second World War and the Spivs of the black market take up the challenge of supply.
Tickets start from £50 and include drinks, stories and a copy of the book signed with your personal dedication. Purchase in advance from the Alchemist Dreams website (http://www.alchemistdreams.co.uk/events/) and you can also let us know that you're coming through our facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1161224900573236/)