Bach & Bacchanalia

Going For Baroque

A series exploring the beautiful, charming music of the baroque era. Open wine and beer bar included. All-night after party featuring custom historically-inspired cocktails, advised by a best-selling author of culinary historical fiction.

Music Program

For the next concert in the series (Thursday, August 11th), cellist Clara Abel and violinist Carmen Johnson-Pájaro return to perform a selection that expresses the French idiom, either by French composers or those paying homage. In contrast to the romantic melodrama of Italian baroque music, the French style is characterized by refined ornamentation.

Selections from:

  • Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris - Marin Marais

  • Premier concert in G Major from Concerts royaux - François Couperin 

  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor - Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

  • Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - JS Bach

  • Sonate No. 6 en Si Mineur - Jean-Féry Rebel

  • Treizième Concert from Les Goûts-réunis - François Couperin

Cocktail Program

What kind of cocktails could possibly pair with music that predates modern distillation?
We are taking inspiration from the 1694 manuscripts of Antonio Latini - steward to multiple cardinals, and author of the very first tomato sauce on record - to create a uniquely intriguing menu, pairing 17th century flavor profiles (including a quest for an appropriate ambergris substitution!) with modern sensibilities.
Cocktails designed as a collaboration between best-selling author of culinary historical fiction Crystal King; mixologist John Carlson; and distiller Taras Hrabowsky


Cocktail of Strawberries | A daiquiri variation with some peppercorn-like heat from the Grains of Paradise, which is from the ginger family

  • Grains of Paradise-infused cane liquor

  • Muddled strawberries

  • Lime

Cocktail of Sour Cherries | Our most creative invention; we used myrrh and muskroot to capture the warmth and funk of exotic ambergris

  • Sour cherry-infused rye

  • Tincture of Faux Ambergris

  • Dry Wermut

  • Lemon

  • Simple syrup

Cocktail of Roses | Light and sparkling for a summer night

  • Rose apertivo

  • Rose vinegar shrub

  • Sparkling wine

Cocktail of Spiced Raisins | Like an Old Fashioned, with a twist

  • Raisin-infused rye

  • Amaro

  • Wermut

  • Spices

The La-Tini (Cocktail of Myrtles) | The combination of 2 types of myrtle make this martini surprisingly smooth

  • Gin infused with lemon myrtle + bog myrtle

  • Dry Wermut

  • Lemon

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