December 5 marks Repeal Day, the anniversary of the day the United States of America repealed the Eighteenth Amendment which forbade the drinking, manufacturing and selling of liquor.
The day is a celebration of the end of Prohibition, a dark period which lasted from 1920-1933 yet brought cocktails that have since become popular classics such as the Bees Knees, Sazerac, Ward 8 and the Mary Pickford.
To celebrate this key date in cocktail history, we’ve put together five Prohibition era cocktails to enjoy on Repeal Day.
Repeal Day Cocktails
With brandy (or Cognac) as the star ingredient, the Sidecar is an easy three ingredient cocktail that is the precursor to the Margarita. The combination of brandy, triple sec and lemon juice is big on flavour while remaining refreshing. Get the the Sidecar recipe here.
Though it’s named after a French gun, the French 75 is all elegance with a combination of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup topped with champagne. Get the French 75 recipe here.
A classic gin sour, the Southside was created to disguise the flavour of poorer quality gins during Prohibition. Gin, lime juice, mint and simple syrup are shaken into a delicious and refreshing cocktail which makes a good change from a G&T. Get the Southside recipe here.
Corpse Reviver #2
When a drink comes with it own caveat that four taken in quick succession will “unrevive the corpse again”, you’d expect it to be a hangover cure. The Corpse Reviver #2 is the tastiest of the series, a “pick me up” drink that is all about equal parts with a splash of absinthe. Get the Corpse Reviver #2 recipe here.
Created at Harry’s Bar in Paris, The Scofflaw has an interesting back story. The cocktail was named after a word invented to describe someone who scoffed the law and drank regardless. Rye whiskey, vermouth, grenadine and lemon juice make up this classic. Get the Scofflaw recipe for the here.
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