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Posters & Cocktails: Up In Smoke

October 26, 2021

Our Posters & Cocktails events continue to delight guests around the world! Tonight, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em because we’re lighting one up with tobacco posters.

Poster House’s Chief Curator will once again be hosting Nicholas Lowry of Swann Auction Galleries and Don Spiro of The Green Fairy Society over Zoom as they blaze their way through the history of posters related to smoking! No, we do not condone or promote the use of tobacco, but we do love its rich visual history in advertising.

After Don opens the show with our first smokey cocktail, Nicholas will light a match in our hearts with the early history of tobacco advertising. Don will continue to provide hits of alcohol throughout the night until Nicho leaves us stoned with wonder at these incredible, enduring graphics.

For a full list of ingredients and supplies, see below:

Smoked Spicy Old Fashioned

Your Favorite Whiskey

Bitters (Angostura or Another Favorite)

Cherry and/or Orange (to garnish)

Cinnamon Stick or Wood Chip (Apple, Pecan, etc)



Blended Scotch

Islay Scotch (the peaty kind)

Fresh Lemon Juice

Honey Ginger Syrup (To make at home, simmer equal parts honey, sliced ginger root, and water.  Alternatively, make honey syrup and ginger syrup separately.)

Candied Ginger


Rosemary Southside


Lemon Juice

Simple Syrup (To make at home, simmer equal parts sugar and water)

Rosemary Sprigs


Mezcal Margarita


Orange Liqueur (like Cointreau)

Fresh Lime Juice

Smoked Salt

Lime Garnish


Blue Blazer

Cask-Strength Whiskey (110 proof or higher)

Boiling Water


Lemon Twist (to garnish)



Jigger or measuring cup

Shaker with strainer

Mixing glass



Knife and cutting board

2 Rocks glasses

2 Cocktail glasses

2 Glass mugs (heat resistant)



This online event will be hosted on Zoom with attendees cameras off. Closed Captioning will be provided. A recording of the event will be made available for all registered attendees. Questions about access? Please email Salvador Muñoz, Public Programs Manager, at salvador@posterhouse.org.