Friday, December 05, 2008

Happy Repeal Day!

75 years ago today, a dark time in our history was laid to rest. I speak of the the repeal of the Volstead act, aka the 19th amendment, aka Prohibition!! On this day our 21st Amendment was ratified and once again the booze flowed freely in our streets.

Well that is not entirely true..Prohibition actually increased our desire for alcohol. It gave us the Speakeasy (which in the 21st century begot the "SpeakCheesy"). I was also surprised to learn that Prohibition (and probably that little 19th Amendment sandwiched in there) let women have more equality in the bars. Before prohibition, a Lady was never seen in a Tavern establishment. Thank goodness that is done! How did they survive without "Ladies Nights"?!?

So in honor of this great day, I give you The 21st Amendment. Its inspired by the classics that came out of this period.

Also, check out these great photos from Prohibition on the ABC news website. Thanks Dad for the link!

The 21st Amendment

Bathtub gin (or a fine gin bought from LeNells' bathtub)
Orange bitters
lime or grapefruit

Stir ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, pour into teacups in case you get raided by the coppers!

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