Three Prohibition Cocktail ideas

We all love breaking the rules right? Which is why the alcoholic beverage industry went under something of a renaissance throughout the USA Prohibition era between in the 1920s. Most of the drinks we have today are heavily inspired by the drinks bartenders and bootleggers so why not go back to the beginning and create your own Great Gatsby inspired drinks:

1) Mint Julep

  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Bourbon 
  • Water
  • Mint Leaves

Mint was a popular garnish for drinks during the Prohibition as it was crisp and the smell hid the bourbon smell. The Mint Julep was known as the official drink of Kentucky and was featured in the Great Gatsby as the favoured drink of Daisy Buchanan, the quintessential Prohibition Southern Belle. In a highball glass middle the sugar, water and mint together, fill the glass with ice and finally add the Bourbon to taste and a couple of mint leaves for a cool and refreshing summer taste.


2) Bees Knees

  • Honey Syrup 
  • Lemon Juice 
  • Gin 
  • Lemon twist for garnish

There's something about this cocktail which is so undeniably 1920s and the perfect compliment to any 1920s style party. Bees Knees was popular slang during this era for something that was great and this cocktail certainly is and it's playful yellow colour will brighten up anyone's happy hour. And this one is super simple, use a cocktail shaker and shake all ingredients together for about thirty seconds and add the lemon for garnish.


3) Ginger Rodgers

  • Gin 
  • Lime/ juice and wedge 
  • Carbonated water

A second appearance from gin on the list, however a lot of gin in the 1920s was created in bathtubs and sold on the black market. This is also the second appearance from a drink mentioned in the Great Gatsby, it's a great drink for those lazy summer days. First pour the lime and the gin over ice, fill the glass with carbonated water and throw in a lime wedge for colour.

By Katie Beech   -   06-05-2016

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