It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time to celebrate the end of Prohibition. On December 5 we remember the end to a deeply unhappy period in our country’s history.
As always Proof is up for a Repeal Day party. This Friday their bartenders will be decked out in Prohibition-era dress and serving classic “speakeasy cocktails.” You can actually start the celebrating early by ordering a drink from the Repeal Day cocktail menu they are introducing today which includes:
Gin, cocchi americano, creme de cacao, lemon juice
The Twentieth Century was invented by the United Kingdom Bartender’s Guild and can be found in the Cafe Royal Bar Book of 1937. Although this cocktail appears several years after prohibition, it embodies the artistry and mood of the cocktail world of the times. The cocktail is most likely named after the train, the 20th century Limited, which redefined ground travel at the time.
Gin, cherry heering, Benedictine, cointreau, pineapple, lime, grenadine, angostura
The most famous, and common, of slings–this drink is a great example of the evolution of modern palates can change classic drinks into something unique. The edition of juices, grenadine and cherry brandy make this a sweeter, fruitier drink. It is considered the progenitor of Tiki style drinks.
Silver Tequila, creme de cassis, lime, ginger root, ginger ale
There is little known about the origin of this delicious and refreshing cocktail. Included in bartenders Guide by Trader Vic in 1947, it is not noted as an original. A clear variation of the Moscow Mule, this drink is a great example of the rise in popularity of tequila.
Aged Rum, Dry Vermouth, Cointreau, Grenadine
Although there are several cocktails on account with this name, we are employing a recipe that arose in Havana during or just prior to Prohibition. We use Ron Zacapa 23 for the aged rum and substitute equal parts Morlacco and Maraschino liqueur for the grenadine.
The Delicious Sour
Applejack, peach liquor, lime, egg white, simple syrup
From the 1892 book, The Flowing Bowl, by William Schmidt. Unlike most cocktail recipes found at that time, many of these were undeniably of his own creation, using ingredients that were not common in cocktails such as vanilla ice cream, red wine and rum.
Cognac, green chartreuse, lemon, simple, angostura
First printed in the 1930 savoy cocktail book by harry craddock, this cocktail seems to be a play on the popular Sidecar, with the addition of chartreuse and angostura bitters. It is a bright, herbaceous cocktail perfect to begin a great evening.
Scotch, punt e mes, benedictine
Very close to a Rob Roy, the mix of equal parts scotch, punt e mes with a touch of Benedictine makes this a rich, complex drink anyone can enjoy.
Rye and Do(502)
Not to be left out of the Repeal Day fun new-ish social calendar and event org Do(502) has teamed up with Rye and Bulleit for a celebration of their own.
From 5p to 6p at RYE, we’ll be having our Slugger Meet Up and cocktail tasting where all Sluggers in attendance will be able to enjoy two special Bulleit cocktails on special that night for FREE. Then, from 5:30p to 7:30p, RYE will be creating $7 Bulleit cocktails for the public to celebrate Repeal Day!