Happy Repeal Day!

Even Prohibition couldn’t stop “ambitious” bartenders from supplying guests with the forbidden spirits during the 20th century. Repeal Day, celebrated Dec. 5, honors the day the 18th Amendment was repealed and is the perfect time for you to celebrate at your bar. Offer your patrons timeless classics that hearken back to the days when innovative bartenders served spirits at speakeasies around the country.

Esquire Manhattan
Created by David Wondrich for Woodford Reserve and Esquire magazine’s “Masters of the Manhattan” at The Manhattan Experience Finals.

2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
1 ounce Cinzano red vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash Pernod 68 Absinthe

Stir well with plenty of cracked ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top.

The 1820
Created by Misty Kalkofen of Drink in Boston, Mass.

1 ¾ ounces Bols Genever
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce lavender simple syrup
¼ ounce Galliano l'Autentico
1 barspoon Del Maguey Minero
1 dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Marc Forgione's Sazerac
On the menu at Marc Forgione in New York City.

3 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce simple syrup
6 shakes Peychaud’s Bitters

Stir ingredients in ice. Pour into chilled rocks glass, and burn oil from orange peel over cocktail.

The Old Fashioned 101
Courtesy of Wild Turkey.

1 1/3 ounces Wild Turkey Bourbon
½ ounce apple cider
3 sage leaves
1 pinch saffron
1 tsp brown sugar
2 orange twists
1 tsp orange zest
1 fresh cherry
1 ounce amaretto

Slice cherry from top to bottom five times around pit, and soak in a cup of amaretto. Muddle cider, sage, saffron, brown sugar, orange twists and zest together in glass. Add Wild Turkey Bourbon and stir. Strain and serve over ice, garnish with amaretto-soaked cherry.

Cuba LibreThe Original Bacardi Cuba Libre
Courtesy of Bacardi.

1 part Bacardi Gold Rum
3 parts Coca-Cola

Fill a Highball glass with cubed ice. Squeeze and drop a fresh lime wedge into the glass. Pour in Bacardi Superior Rum and top with chilled Coca-Cola, ideally bottled. Stir gently.

Sherry Side Car
Courtesy of the Sherry Council of America.

1 ounce Brandy de Jerez
1 ounce Palo Cortado sherry
½ ounce Grand Marnier
lemon juice

Combine all in a mixing glass with ice; shake and strain into a Highball glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Tart n' SandTart n’ Sand
Courtesy of Glenfiddich.

4 Luxardo Marasca Cherries
¾ ounce Glenfiddich 12
¾ ounce Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
¾ ounce Lillet Rouge
½ ounce pink grapefruit juice
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters

Muddle cherries, add Glenfiddich and other ingredients and shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass, and finish with a flamed orange twist.

Courtesy of Small Hand Foods.

1 ½ ounces gin
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
½ ounce raspberry gum syrup
Ginger beer, to top

Build in a Collins glass over ice. Top with spicy ginger beer and stir.

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