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A Toast to the Rat Pack

Evening Program with Cocktails

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0370
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop

PLEASE NOTE: This program will be rescheduled for January 2019. Purchase information will be available in late fall 2018.

"Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away!/If you can use some exotic booze, there's a bar in far Bombay." 

Spend a delightful evening with the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and other members of the swingin’, high-living clan. Learn how an informal group of show-biz friends, who met up at the Los Angeles home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, became a collective smash as entertainers on the Las Vegas casino scene—and the definition of ’60s-style cool onstage and off.

The gang was part of an era of great music, and of course, great cocktails and fine spirits. Sample a few they helped make famous, notably, Frank's favorite whiskey, Jack Daniel's; the Navy Grog that Frank favored when in Palm Springs; and the Flame of Love, invented for Dean at Chasen's in Beverly Hills. Join author and cocktail historian Philip Greene and Noah Rothbaum, senior editor of drink and food of The Daily Beast, in a spirited look at the lifestyles—and the cocktails—of the Rat Pack.

Greene is co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail and author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion and The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail.