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Lewiston to Celebrate the History of the Cocktail

by jpauly
Thu, Feb 7th 2013 11:10 am

Lewiston, NY - In the early 1800's, one of the favorite places in the Village of Lewiston was Hustler's Tavern. It was so popular that in 1813, when Lewiston was burned by British forces in retaliation for the U.S. attack on Niagara-On-The-Lake, Hustler's Tavern was the only building that was spared.


Around that time, the American troops brought Catherine Hustler, the tavern-keeper, several roosters and hens taken in their raid on the British. They asked her to roast them for a victory dinner. As she plucked the birds, she placed the tail feathers in mugs and glasses on the bar. Legend has it that when Catherine served the soldiers, she used a cock's tail feather to stir a special drink that she had created, and the name was born.


In celebration of Catherine's creation, over a dozen bars, restaurants, and
retailers will join together on March 2, starting at 4pm, to encourage patrons
to "Quench their thirst for History" at the inaugural Lewiston Cocktail


The event, created by Jon DiBernardo of Water Street Landing, will give participants an opportunity to venture from business to business, sampling signature cocktails and small bites while learning about the history of how the cocktail was invented in Lewiston. Catherine Hustler, the inventor of the infamous
drink, will be amongst those patrons stopping at each
location and telling her story.

Tickets for the event that evening can be purchased for $20 at the following locations: the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Angel to Apple Clothing Boutique, The Village Bake Shoppe and The Lewiston Village Hall.  On the day of the event, the ticket will be redeemable for a "Passport" which allows for samplings at the following locations: Water Street Landing, The Barton Hill Hotel, Brickyard BBQ & Pub, The Village Bake Shoppe, Carmelo's Restaurant, Town Hall Restaurant, Casa Antica, Hops & Vines, The Stone House, Lewiston Events Center, Tin Pan Alley, and de la Casa Restaurant. Ticket holders will also have an opportunity to vote during the festival for their favorite "Absolut Lewiston Cocktail". In addition, Angel to Apple Clothing Boutique will be offering a "peacock punch", as well as a special gift with purchase between 4pm and 10pm. 


Responsible drinking is encouraged, and special accommodation rates are available that evening at both the Barton Hill Hotel and Piper's Village Inn. 


For more information, please visit www.LewistonCocktailFestival.com


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