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Westport restaurant stirs trouble with cocktail named for Tuskegee Experiment

Photo of 323 Main courtesy of Trip Advisor.

The Westport restaurant 323 Main served itself a heaping glass of controversy by inventing a cocktail named after a notorious racially motivated medical experiment.

According to the dining website Eater, 322 added a drink to its cocktail list called “The Tuskegee Experiment” that featured Myers dark rum, Malibu, pineapple juice, fresh lime, pineapple and jalapeño mash, and a dash of tabasco. The inspiration for the drink was the infamous research experiment run by the U.S. Public Health Service and formally called “The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” which tracked syphilis among rural African-American men between 1932 and 1972. The men, who were falsely informed they were the recipients of free health care, were never given access to penicillin to treat the syphilis. The experiment resulted in the syphilis-related deaths of 100 men, while 40 of the wives of the men became infected and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis.

323 Main pulled The Tuskegee Experiment drink after a restaurant patron posted a photo of the menu on Facebook last week. Among the other fancifully named cocktails that 323 Main was serving were the Sucker Punch, the Capetown Transfusion, The Cold War Margarita and the Queen Bee.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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