How Government Almost Killed the Cocktail

How Government Almost Killed the Cocktail



the title of my piece is government almost killed the cocktail the old fashioned is an extremely simple drink to make but in many ways it represents the ideal of what a good cocktail should be it's an ideal and an idea that we almost lost thanks to Prohibition what happened wasn't just that we lost the booze or the recipes we also lost a lot of the knowledge from those celebrity bartenders in many cases the bartender's retired in some cases they went over to Europe and when Prohibition ended they weren't around to teach people how to drink well again so in the decades after prohibition what we had was a kind of cocktail Dark Ages where people didn't really know how to make a good cocktail a lot of liqueurs just weren't available during that time in part because prohibition had really drawn down the stock of aged spirits thankfully in the 1990s a couple of bartenders started looking at pre-prohibition cocktail books in some cases they even went so far as to resurrect old spirits that hadn't been made for decades so while government almost killed the cocktail thankfully American bartenders brought it back from the brink of death and today may be the best time of all to have a drink in America Cheers you

23 thoughts on “How Government Almost Killed the Cocktail

  1. Ah, a Reason video about alcohol released on December 5th. There's a 1/5th [of whiskey/December] joke in there somewhere…

  2. Didn't the government create the cocktail in prohibition? Since the bathtub booze was so bad, they had to mix it with something to make it drinkable.

  3. Resist the US Government's coming ban on Kratom. Yet another prohibition that violates our American Bill of Rights. Even if you've never heard of it I urge you to take action. Take a few moments to learn about Kratom and email your Congressional reps.

  4. I'm sure the cocktail would survive regardless of the regulatory environment. On a different note, the govt assisted in killing the potential careers and possibly even the potential start of one thanks to the extremely unpopular and expensive War on Drugs.

  5. I find the best part of cocktails is having the attractive bartender stand in profile view and shake the cocktail. It's best if they shake the drink horizontally at eye-level. This really brings the authenticity to cocktails that makes you feel like a secret agent.

  6. Speaking of booze and alcohol, it might be worth mentioning the feds killed 10,000 people by deliberately poisoning beverages to enforce prohibition

  7. Prohibition caused a BOOM in mixology, the bathtub Gin was so putrid that juices & inventive mixes where added to the rottgut booze. Creating new and exciting drinks, 😉

  8. "The Whiskey Rebellion (also known as the Whiskey Insurrection) was a tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791 during the presidency of George Washington. The so-called "whiskey tax" was the first tax imposed on a domestic product by the newly formed federal government. It became law in 1791, and was intended to generate revenue for the war debt incurred during the Revolutionary War. The tax applied to all distilled spirits, but American whiskey was by far the country's most popular distilled beverage in the 18th century, so the excise became widely known as a "whiskey tax". Farmers of the western frontier were accustomed to distilling their surplus rye, barley, wheat, corn, or fermented grain mixtures into whiskey. These farmers resisted the tax. In these regions, whiskey often served as a medium of exchange. Many of the resisters were war veterans who believed that they were fighting for the principles of the American Revolution, in particular against taxation without local representation, while the federal government maintained that the taxes were the legal expression of Congressional taxation powers." Michael Mauck

  9. I'm not trying to be a hipster, but i enjoy Rye whiskey.
    And idk why, it just has a certain taste that i can't put my tongue on.

  10. When I was a bartender I hated when anyone ordered an Old Fashioned because it took forever to make and whoever ordered it thought that a nickle was an excellent tip for anything.

  11. Try 2oz Cognac with 3/4oz Kahlua shaken on the rocks. Sometimes I add a few mint sprigs. That is my current go to. I also drink martinis, manhattans, mint juleps, daiquiris, mojitos, old fashioned, and too many more to name. Cocktails are awesome. I think anyone who sticks to only drinking finished products are missing out a lot. Cocktails can be tailored to the individual, which is something that should appeal to most libertarians. There is no one drink fits all. If you want something done right, DO IT YOURSELF!

  12. Drug prohibition will never kill psychedelic mushrooms, and it looks like lysergic acid diethylamide and ecstasy are going nowhere anytime time soon, or the classics like heroin and cocaine since they seem to be expensive substitutes for their pharmaceutical equivalents which still require a permission slip from a physician of some sort. The nonsensical war on things is costly and absurd.

  13. "A Proper Drink" (The Untold Story of How A Band of Bartenders Saved the Civilized Drinking World) by Robert Simonson tells the story of this revival including the surprising story of how TGI Friday's was at the forefont in the 80's.

  14. In spite of the name, Eagle Rare adds too much "heat" to the old fashioned. I prefer mine with Knob Creek.

  15. Just like at the end of Breaking Bad. Such a shame the world loses the knowledge on how to make that blue meth. Big government is trampling on our rights as free citizens.

  16. big gummit sucks when it works for the poor but it is totally awesome when the cock brothers can buy it out.

  17. Bullshit. My parents are in their 80's and had a full bar their entire adult lives and all their friends knew how to order and how to mix. It was the boomers who lost the art which had revived fully between the 30's and the early 60's.

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