Professor Spector founded The Academy Drinks as a division of The Academy specifically devoted to work on cocktails and spirits, including research, writing, group presentations, and staff training. Our work includes organizing bespoke tastings for small and large groups, educational seminars on cocktails and spirits, and developing unique cocktail menus for restaurants, bars, and special events.
Whether you’re looking to learn more about classic cocktails, be inspired by vintage innovations, or want to experience couture mixology tailored for a specific theme or cuisine, The Professor is in.
Dr. Spector is an MA, PhD in philosophy and scholar of intellectual history and drink culture who has studied Scotland and whisky for more than a quarter century, working in both distillery and archive, accumulating a vast storehouse of information, tales, and knowledge about drink history. She has written and spoken widely about Scotland, spirits, and cocktails, as well as moral philosophy, the sex industry, and other issues that don't usually come up until well into one of her tastings. She can make the history of excise tax fascinating, and blind tastings unintimidating for even the most reticent. She has a particular interest in areas society considers taboo, and the people whose stories go untold.
Currently, Dr. Spector teaches about alcohol history, cocktails, and ethics at Yale University. Her most recent writing is a book on cocktails, and she is researching a book on sense of place and liquor.
Whether you’re looking to learn more about cocktails generally, be inspired by vintage innovations, or want to experience couture mixology or a whisk(e)y tasting tailored to a specific theme or cuisine, The Professor is in.