Museum of the American Cocktail Announces 1st Lecture in L.A.

on 25/03/14 at 1:07 pm

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imageMOTAC Announces Touring the Cocktail: Los Angeles Series to Debut April 7

The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) is excited to announce that Lesley Jacobs Solmonson will present the first lecture of the Touring the Cocktail: Los Angeles series on Monday, April 7th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Dominick’s Restaurant, 8715 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Solmonson, author of Gin: A Global History, will use five gin cocktails to illustrate the evolution of gin from its earliest days as a medicinal juniper-based tonic to the current explosion of artisan gins.

When it comes to the world of spirits and cocktails, gin has been front and center since the beginning. Gin’s origins start with the malty, juniper-based genever, the “original gin” created in Holland. Although the wealthy classes of Holland and England enjoyed the unique flavor of genever, the lower classes had to make do with rotgut gin flavored with oil of vitriol and other additives. With improvements in distillation came better quality gin, first Old Tom, a sweetened spirit which then led to the arrival of the juniper-forward London Dry style.

Tickets are $45 in advance, and $50 at the door. Discounted tickets at $40 are available for SoFAB-MOTAC Members and members of the USBG. Purchase your tickets in advance at Cocktails and snacks are included in the ticket price.


The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), a division of the nonprofit SoFAB Institute, celebrates a singular cultural icon through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Founded by craft cocktail pioneer Dale DeGroff and several of the world’s most passionate cocktail authorities and historians, MOTAC advances the profession and expands consumer knowledge of mixology while stressing the importance of responsible drinking. It preserves and develops a rich facet of American culture and provides educational resources to both professionals and enthusiasts in the fine art of crafting the cocktail through a series of mixology seminars conducted by the world’s foremost authorities and offered in locations across the country and the world, among them Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC. It also works to boost career opportunities in the spirits industry and encourage greater participation by women and others under-represented in the field.

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Lesley Jacobs Solmonson is a food/drink writer and journalist whose work has been published in Gourmet, Wine Enthusiast, and other periodicals. She is the co-founder of, a site that focuses on cocktail history and classic drinks. Her book Gin: A Global History was released in spring of 2012 by Reaktion Books and she has been featured on BBC’s Food Programme and KCRW’s “Good Food.”


The original Dominick’s restaurant and bar, established in 1948, was a favored watering hole for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Only friends of friends were able to drink and dine in this exclusive Hollywood hideout. Now in the hands of Warner Ebbink and Chef Brandon Boudet, who also own Little Dom’s and the 101 Coffee Shop, Dominick’s returns to that original feel. Learn more at

Dominick’s is also a recent addition to the SoFAB Culinary Heritage Register, an expansive list of culinary products, processes, inventions, traditions, and establishments that are at least sixty years old and have contributed significantly to the development of American foodways.


Philip M. Dobard, Vice President
SoFAB Institute, home of The Museum of the American Cocktail
New Orleans & Los Angeles
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