Prohibition, of course, is far distant both literally and figuratively from our present day cocktail drinking times. How different would our industry be if it had never happened?
Probably safe to say certain shots and blue drinks of the '80s would not have been born- and I might not be writing this post. But, for 13 years there were no legal drinks sold or consumed in the United States (a side note- distilleries like Four Roses continued on legally for 'medicinal purposes,' my kind of cure). What remains is a uniquely American legacy, and we have finally made up for lost time.
In celebration of its end, a toast tomorrow evening is absolutely mandatory wherever you are. Perhaps at 9:00pm, the 21st hour, celebrating the 21st Amendment to our Constitution. On December 5th, 1933, Utah was ironically the tipping vote, and as they were the 36th state to ratify, at 5:32pm Roosevelt immediately put repeal into effect stating "what America needs now is a drink."
I could not agree more.
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