French Apéritifs; History, Cocktails, and Culture with David Lebovitz

French Apéritifs; History, Cocktails, and Culture with David Lebovitz


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Discover the world of iconic French apéritifs, from Dubonnet to Dolin to classics such as Pineau de Charentes, Lillet and Byrrh. This conversation will cover many aspects of French apéritif culture, whose roots go back centuries.

We'll learn that most aperitifs were concoctions formulated with regional and imported botanicals and sold as health tonics. Over time, these herbal remedies become drinks enjoyed in cafés across France, and now, around the world. From the Carthusian monks who, over a thousand years ago, happened upon an unusual recipe for an herbal elixir (that was initially sold as a toothpaste!) to two brothers in the textile trade who invented a drink as a side business that became the best-selling apéritif in the world, the history of these iconic French spirits will be discussed in depth. We will even learn how to make drinks and cocktails using them.

Led by an expert on French culinary culture, David Lebovitz, this interactive seminar is an invitation to delve deeply into the world of French libations. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of what's in those bottles of French spirits you may have been eyeing in French cafés and how to enjoy them.

David Lebovitz spent nearly thirteen years as a baker in the kitchen of Chez Panisse in California before moving to Paris nearly two decades ago. He has written seven cookbooks, as well as two memoirs about his life in Paris, which are currently in development for a television series. He has been writing his popular blog, www.davidlebovitz, since 1999 and was recently awarded the Blog of the Decade honor by Saveur magazine. His most recent book, Drinking French, has been a best-seller of 2020 and raised awareness of French spirits and apéritifs across America and around the world.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Based on 20 reviews
80%
(16)
5%
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10%
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5%
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Cheers!
j
j.
a born teacher!
L
L.
Fun & interesting session, live from Paris!
M
M.J.S.
L
L.P.
Fabulous