What is a prohibition cocktail?

Prohibition Cocktails
A movement has sprung up recently where “prohibition cocktails” are being reinvigorated and reinvented at bars across the country. The phrase “Prohibition cocktails” refers to cocktails that were popular during and around Prohibition, when there was a ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol. Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933, and the bar scene thrived during this period as people flocked to underground “speakeasies” to drink and enjoy themselves. Bartenders at the time came up with all kinds of inventive new drinks in an attempt to make the alcohol – which was generally not of the best quality (to say the least) – taste more palatable to patrons.

Some Prohibition cocktails became so popular that they stayed well-known for decades after the repeal of Prohibition, such as the Sidecar. Others drifted in an out of popularity or vanished entirely, resurfacing only recently with our renewed interest in the Prohibition era – although the modern Prohibition cocktails tend to be made with premium spirits and gourmet bitters, not bathtub gin.

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