Thursday, October 26, 2017

History in a Glass.

I went to the Orange County Regional History Center (65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801) For the second installment of History in a Glass, called Hog Wild, three different bar tenders from the Mills/50 District, mixed custom cocktails based on the stories of wild hogs that were eventually outlawed in Orlando and Winter Park. It seems the hogs would rub their backs on the courthouse steps and generally make themselves a nuisance. I was quite pleased that I sketched the bartender who mixed the winning cocktail for the night.

Thursday, October 26th is the the third installment of the History in a Glass series, called "Murder at the San Juan" and will feature local craft bars competing for bragging rights by creating libations using Cooper's Craft bourbon whiskey.

The drink recipes will be inspired by an infamous murder that shocked Orlando in 1938. The dark tale began in room 208 of downtown’s San Juan Hotel, then only a block from the Orange County Courthouse (now the History Center.) Hear the unexpected twists and turns of a mesmerizing mystery as you enjoy great food and music, plus three hand-crafted cocktails created by masters from Ravenous Pig, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, and The Nest Bar. Food will be supplied by the Black Bean Deli. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Plan to also join us for the series finale December 14, when the winning bartenders from the first three contests compete for the grand prize.

Members $20, general admission $25.
For details, call 407-836-7046.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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