The American Historical Association, not generally a group known for awesome party times, is apparently trying pretty hard to get historians excited about its annual conference, which it’s holding this year in New Orleans.

And so it’s asking for drink suggestions. According to the AHA:

We are asking historians to help us name a few cocktails that will be available at the various hotel bars throughout the meeting. In the spirit of the meeting, ideas should relate to history and the profession!

Possibilities supplied by our own staff include, “the primary source”, “passive voice”, and “the dissertation advisor.” Have your own creative cocktail name? We want to know! Send us your ideas, either in this space or through our social media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.)

Suggestions include Postmodern Turn, Oral History, the Dead White Male, and the Jacobite Rebellion (“Scotch with just a soupcon of haggis floating in it”).

But then, a meeting of historians is not exactly like a meeting of tech entrepreneurs or bartenders; a selection of gin, red wine, and Sam Adams would probably be good enough.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer