My Gen X life has been Columbused by Millennials

Cocktails…the resurgence actually started up in the late 1980s (check your DC history — many wonderful cocktail lounges and creative cocktail theme bars sprouted up 1990–95), and hit the mainstream around 1996. Late ‘80s to mid-’90s cocktail culture was separate from but rose in tandem with grunge. It was a great deal more playful, and took itself a lot less seriously, than the current manifestation.