[Web Special] A Taste of History: Cocktail Recipes from the Prohibition Era

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 12:17 PM

William Grimes of The New York Times sent along these recipes for Prohibition-era cocktails — drinker beware, as these were originally concocted during an era of tommy guns and bathtub gin. ...(more)

Alexander Cocktail

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 oz cream

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.


Fluffy Ruffles Cocktail

  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. Italian (sweet) vermouth

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add twist of lemon or lime.


Cream Fizz

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 tsp. cream
  • 1 tsp. powdered Sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Soda water

Shake the gin, cream, sugar and lemon juice with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top up with soda water.


Rye and Ginger Ale

  • 2 oz. rye whiskey (adulterated or of dubious origin)
  • Ginger ale (White Rock, to be faithful to the period)

Pour rye over ice cubes in a highball glass, add ginger ale to (kill) taste. Take aspirin in the morning.



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