Telluride Museum: Fun-raiser Features Craft Cocktails of the Past & More

Telluride Museum: Fun-raiser Features Craft Cocktails of the Past & More

The Telluride Historical Museum hosts its first annual winter fundraiser, “The Social: Craft Cocktails of the Past.” Event takes place at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the door or call 970-728-3344. Price includes one free drink ticket and appetizers. And scroll down for info about historic snowshoe tour.


The Telluride Historical Museum first annual winter fundraiser, “The Social,” celebrates the colorful history of alcohol while promoting local distilleries and distributors. The event offers a great opportunity for locals and guests to support the Telluride Historical Museum while drinking up turn-of-the-century libations –  and includes stories of alcohol’s colorful past.

The craft cocktail as we know is rooted in the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (ratified 1919, repealed by 21st Amendment, 1933) barring production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Although mixed drinks and craft cocktails had been around prior to Prohibition, the need for softening the illegally produced spirits with sweeteners juices and other fun ingredients increased significantly during that 13-year period (1920 – 1933).

The Museum’s fundraiser not only explores the colorful history of Prohibition, it also dives briefly into the history of hooch as far back as Colonial North America. Fun facts about several types of alcohol including, rum, whiskey, vodka, and gin will be on display throughout the evening for party-goers to discover and enjoy. For example: did you know that rum is a distilled byproduct of sugarcane, as is molasses? At the beginning of the sugar trade, molasses had virtually no value, which made rum one of the cheapest liquors to produce. After initially being distilled in the Caribbean in the 1600s, rum quickly made its way to North America where the colonists embraced it with open arms – and gulllets.

While not strictly speaking a “theme party,” the Museum knows everyone in Telluride loves to play dress up. Don’t be shy about tricking yourself out in your Prohibition-era best.

Other fun events at “The Social” include a selfie photo booth and a wine and beer wall raffle.

Current event sponsors include Durango Craft Spirits, Montanya Rum, Wolf Pig Mobile Bar, and Buffalo Trace.

More from the Telluride Museum:

Historical snowshoe tour: “Foods from the Woods,” Saturday, February 18, 9 a.m – 1:30 p.m.


Learn winter plant identification like you never have before. This is a chance to touch and sample some of the foods and beverages the Native Americans, early settlers, and explorers depended on to live in Southwest Colorado. For price inquires or to make a reservation, $225, contact the Telluride Adventure Center at 970-728-7433 or Reservations encouraged 48+ hours prior to event.

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