Christopher Columbus Was An Asshole: The Cocktail Menu

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AN ALL DAY MENU AVAILABLE IN ADDITION TO OUR REGULAR COCKTAIL MENU!

Christopher Columbus was an asshole. Genocide and slavery, greed and power. He never actually set foot in the continental U.S., but we have a federal holiday honoring him. A growing movement opposes this, but he is responsible for bringing sugar cane to this part of the world. In a roundabout way, he played a role in the Sherry craze that’s sweeping the nation. It is a complicated history worth exploring. Bobby says, “I don’t know if a controversial Columbus Day menu is a good idea or not, but there are strong connections with Columbus and alcohol. Why not explore history through a few drinks?”

½ OFF RUMS FROM THE RUM PRODUCING COUNTRIES COLUMBUS VISITED
Columbus first brought sugar cane—from Spain’s Canary Islands—to what is now the Dominican Republic during his 1492 voyage. It grew well in the tropical environment, and Spanish colonizers soon began planting crops throughout the Caribbean. In the early 1500s, the first slave ships arrived in the Caribbean, a result of a lack of manpower to plant, harvest and process the crop – a result of Columbus’ brutal policies, which likely killed over a million indigenous people. So, while Columbus didn’t directly start the rum trade, he was the catalyst by bringing sugar cane—the world’s most important overseas commodity—to the new world, which was used to make molasses and, later, rum.

A SELECTION OF BADASS SHERRIES
There is strong evidence to suggest that Columbus was the first to bring sherry—albeit, a less refined version than today—to the Americas. In all likelihood, this makes sherry the first wine brought to the New World. We worked with Public Services Wine and Whisky owner Justin Vann, a sherry enthusiast (to say the least), to help us increase our selection for this special occasion. Expect to see products from Fernando de Castilla, Emilio Hidalgo, and Gomez Nevado.

CLASSIC CARIBBEAN COCKTAILS
Obviously.

“This menu is an experiment which questions what we can accomplish through bar service. Can spirits be a catalyst for education? Should they be? We’ll find out,” says Bobby Heugel.
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By: Anvil Bar & Refuge

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