The Hidden History of African-American Bartenders

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Old bottles on an antique bar.

David Wondrich, writer and cocktail columnist for Esquire, details the different ways in which African-Americans of the 19th century gained esteem behind the bar in the North and South, and the ways that some bartending communities actively resisted African-American bartenders. His article for The Bitter Southerner, “The Cunningest Compounders of Beverages: The Hidden History of African-Americans Behind the Bar,”  sheds light on an often overlooked history that helps define modern mixology today.