Announcing the next public cocktail lesson, celebrating two centuries of two great icons of horror!
Lord Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley (though technically she was Mary Godwin at the time), and John Polidori were staying at a Swiss villa together, in June 1816, the "year without a summer." One night Byron proposed to his companions that they should all write ghost stories.
Polidori wrote The Vampyre, the first story of an aristocratic vampire hiding in plain sight; in the process, he founded an entire genre, of which Bram Stoker's Dracula is the most famous example.
Mary Shelley, meanwhile, wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, inspired in part by a terrifying nightmare she had on June 16.
In honor of the two hundredth anniversary of Byron's challenge and Shelley and Polidori's classic creations, we're having a cocktail lesson on - what else? - the Corpse Revivers, Nos. 1 and 2. Join us on Thursday, June 16, to learn more about the history of these drinks and these stories! Appetizers and a full-sized sample of each drink will be included with the price of admission.