For Immediate Release

July 31, 2020

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The Association of African American Museums


Sit and Sip with Victoria: The Legacy of Nathan “Nearest” Green 

Victoria Butler


AAAM is pleased to host Victoria Eady Butler, the great-great-granddaughter of Nathan “Nearest” Green.  Butler will take AAAM members on a journey to share the legacy of a former slave who changed the trajectory of whiskey.  The conversation will begin on August 7th, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET.  For more information and to register, click HERE.
“The story of how Victoria Eady Butler went from working as Analytical Manager in the Department of Justice to being the first known African-American woman Master Blender in the American spirits industry has everything to do with her great-great-grandfather. Butler is a descendant of  Nathan “Nearest” Green, the man who mentored Jack Daniel in the craft of whiskey distilling. Green, who was enslaved until 1865, was a highly skilled whiskey-maker and an indispensable advisor and distiller for Jack Daniel’s now internationally recognized whiskey business.” More information about Victoria’s story HERE.
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#AAAM2020 SolidLight Signature Drink
AAAM Signature Cocktail: Legacy and Remembrance – Sponsored by SolidLight

Legacy and Remembrance (Full Release HERE)

1.5 ounces Uncle Nearest 1856 100 proof

½ oz apricot liqueur (Giffard’s Abricot de Roussillon suggested)

½ oz Amaro Nonino

3 dashes cherry bark vanilla bitters

1 sage leaf

Garnish: sage leaf and dried apricot

Rub the inside of a coupe or martini glass with a sage leaf until fragrant and place the glass in the freezer. Combine Uncle Nearest whiskey, apricot liqueur, Amaro Nonino and bitters in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well-chilled. Strain into the chilled coupe glass and garnish with a dried apricot and sage leaf. Sip and reflect.

Solid Light’s Owner/President Cynthia Torp has a long history in the bourbon world and as a co-founder of Bourbon Women, reached out to a fellow board member to help craft this signature cocktail for AAAM.

Author information:

Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa