The Founding Fathers knew how to drink. One night, George Washington threw a party at the City Tavern in Philadelphia to celebrate the final days of the first Constitutional Convention. Washington invited members of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, as well as some of the framers of the Constitution. By the end of the night, they had drunk 135 bottles of wine, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of porter ale, 8 bottles of hard cider, 12 jugs of beer, and 14 bowls of punch. We won’t be consuming quite so much alcohol at our cocktail party because . . . well . . . we don’t want to be as drunk as the founding fathers. But we will have a cocktail inspired by their framing of our liberties.


  • Occurred Friday, July 12th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Rosenbach Museum and Library

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Rosa Doherty

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