November 24, 1933, was a really good day.
Photo courtesy Distilled Spirits Council of the United States It may have taken the rest of the country until December to repeal Prohibition, but here in Texas we did it on November 24.
After 13 years of being unable to sell, produce, import or transport alcohol, thanks to the Anti-Saloon League and the passage of the 18th Amendment, Texas approved ratification of the 21st Amendment, ending Prohibition. Even though few drinkers had ceased to imbibe as a result of Prohibition, its repeal spawned wild, raging parties in the streets and helped revitalize the defunct liquor, wine and beer companies that had once thrived in the U.S.
If you liked a good, stiff, legal drink at the end of a long day, November 24 might as well have been the Fourth of July.
Eighty years later, the notion of drinking being outlawed is foreign to most of us, but the effects of Prohibition are still enjoyed every day. And by that, I mean the awesome cocktails invented by law-flouting party animals while the 18th Amendment was still going strong. Many of today's favorite cocktails were created by sneaky drinkers hoping to mask the taste of bathtub gin or really bring out the flavors in unlawfully imported whiskey.
This Sunday, the 24th, salute these brave innovators by re-creating some of their beloved recipes and rejoice in the fact that drinking is no longer outlawed. Unless you do it out in the street. That's still illegal.More »