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In the real world, alcohol and engineering aren't two things you want to mix. Tonight, though, it should be safe to make an exception when the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver launches this summer's Mixed Taste: Tag Team Lectures on Unrelated Topics series with a dual lecture titled “Irrational Engineering & the Birth of the Cocktail.” Buenos Aires architect Ciro Najle will expertly expound on the first topic, and University of Colorado at Denver professor and acclaimed poet Jake Adam York will tackle the history of the cocktail in all its patriotic glory — starting with a personal favorite.

"I'll be presenting the Sazerac as an exemplary cocktail whose ingredients are all American and tell great American stories: rye whiskey; Herbsaint, an American absinthe; Peychaud's bitters, an early American so-called medicine; sugar and lemon," says York. "Once you know that the cocktail was invented in America and that the word itself is an Americanization of a French word, you might feel patriotic drinking a cocktail. I'm just trying to get people ready for the Fourth of July."

Mixed Taste: Irrational Engineering & the Birth of the Cocktail takes place at 6:30 p.m. at MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street. Admission is $17, $12 for museum members. For tickets and info on the full series, call 303-298-7554 or visit
Fri., June 18, 2010


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