Cocktail Stories

Behind any good cocktail we find a good story
– and often more than one.

There are stories about the spirit and the bartender who created the cocktail, the film that popularized it, and how taste and styles have changed during the past centuries. And then there are all the forgotten cocktails, slowly making a comeback in bars around the world, and all the cocktails they drank while The US tried to dry out the country in the roaring twenties. And finally, there is the story about the Danish cocktail culture of the 1900s and the Danish bartenders.

Boring history class? Absolutely not! At each seminar you will be presented with tastings of historical cocktails along with some bread and cheese.

All seminars are around two hours and take place in Moltkes Bar in collaboration with Moltkes Palæ, Dronningens Tværgade 2, Copenhagen K.

Price per participant, DKK 325.00 (10+ participants in a group). VAT included.

Spirituous Journey

Spirituous Journey takes you around the world to present you with cocktails based on six different types of spirits. The journey will lead you through new and classic flavors, and the many cocktails will be accompanied with both facts and entertaining anecdotes.

We take off in France (cognac) and fly through England (gin), USA (bourbon), Mexico (tequila), and the Caribbean (rum), before arriving at the final destination in Ireland (whiskey). 

Cocktail Timeline

Cocktail Timeline takes you back to the time when gin was called jenever, cola wasn’t invented, straws grew in the wild, and cocktails were strong-and-stirred.

Cocktail Timeline is not just another history class on cocktails throughout the ages but also a welcome return to the taste of many classics such as punches, juleps, martinis, fizzes among many more. 

Prohibition

In 1920, the men finally pushed the women far enough over the edge for them to successfully introduce a ban against all productions, transport and sales of liquor in the USA for 13 years. The Prohibition was called the noble experiment, but exactly how noble was it, and did they actually manage to dry out the entire nation?

The answer may seem obvious, but what happened behind the scenes, and how pronounced were the following hangovers? The dreary historical facts are, naturally, flushed down with cocktails and spirits from the period.

Hollywood Cocktails

”Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”, ”You should get out of those wet clothes and into a Dry Martini”"Shaken, not stirred" – we all know the classic lines from Hollywood’s greatest films.

For generations, Hollywood and cocktails have shared a tight bond. Many scenes took place in elegant bars, at home or out, and the scripts often contained several cocktail hours. The stars quickly took to the bottles and early on, the spirits industry noticed the silver screen as the perfect promotional tool.

Enjoy an evening with Technicolor, film noir, and classic clips presented by in-house film buff, Mark Eriksen, while being served classic Hollywood cocktails.

Copenhagen Cocktails

Did the Danes just use to be a nation of beer drinkers who, during especially festive times, might be capable of ordering a Screwdriver, or the like? Or, did we also take up a spot on the global cocktail scene in the previous century?

Enjoy a night where we attempt to solve the puzzle about the Danish cocktail culture from the beginning of the 1900s until today. Skål!

Forgotten Cocktails

With TV shows, such as Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, many of the classic cocktails have returned to the bars. But there are many other cocktails from the same period which haven’t attained the legacy of an Old-Fashioned, a Negroni, or a Manhattan.

Forgotten Cocktails presents a long line of cocktails deserving more than fading into oblivion. Among these we find the Brandy Crusta, the Hanky Panky, and even the Coffee Cocktail which contains nothing from the eponymous bean. Forgotten Cocktails also sheds some light on how different taste profiles and styles have changed with time. Today, it’s all about elderflower or ginger, but what did they enjoy in the 20th century?