How The Prohibition Era Shaped The Way We Drink Today

The dark age of the cocktail in the United States
The U.S. went through a bleak period in cocktail culture in the 1920s. Prohibition had hit and most bartenders changed professions or moved to other countries to continue their trade at the high level at which they were once accustomed. Speakeasies across America served moonshine and bathtub gin to undiscerning customers, while the upper classes had stockpiled their cellars (how very wise of them).


It’s the moment you’ve long dreaded: You’ve invited your mustachioed, speakeasy-going friend over for dinner and he’s asked for a cocktail. He watches incredulously as you pour gin, vermouth, and Campari into a cocktail shaker, his voice slowly trailing off from his story as the ice slams back and forth in your shaker.

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