the prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol, especially in the US between 1920 and 1933.
Prohibition was proposed and supported in an attempt to the end the ills of society–alcoholism, violence, political corruption to name a few. By 1919, the 18th amendment to the US Constitution was ratified and marked the start of the prohibition. However, the laws were regularly disregarded and as supporters drifted away and government revenue disappeared, the popularity of the movement dwindled.
With the 21st amendment, prohibition was repealed on December 5th, 1933.
Our local beer spot, The Flying Saucer, held a repeal day party complete with a 1920s costume contest. I had just the dress so we had to go!
Our waitress were decked out in adorable costumes, Jazz from the era piped through the bar and we grabbed a deck of cards to play with while we sipped on our prohibition style cocktails.
The Bees Knees:
gin, lemon and honey
Originally, the strong citrus flavor and honey was to cover the smell and taste of bathtub gin, but the bees knees is still a delicious treat!
The Mary Pickford
rum, pineapple juice, maraschino liqueur, grenadine
Named for the actress, Mary Pickford, it is said that the cocktail was created for her by Eddie Woelke or Fred Kaufmann at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana.
While the flapper dress, headbands and gloves are well known symbols of the era, men’s dress underwent its own little transformation. It was in the 1920s that the window pane pattern and brogue shoes became acceptable choices for men’s cocktail attire.
The saucer had a little costume contest and my fully fringe covered dress won the most claps thanks to a little twist and shake.