One of the first seminars I attended on the first day of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was called "History: What Is It Good For?," famed cocktail historian and writer Dave Wondrich looked out into the crowd of attendees and declared that if the New York Times were to write an article in 1982 saying that a room full of people were gathered to hear about the history of cocktails, people would think it very strange. "People did not care about the history of cocktails ...

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