8 Cocktails To Drink On Repeal Day

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Sunday, December, 5th, marks the 77th anniversary of the end of that dark and legally booze-less era known as the Prohibition. To honor those dedicated, alcohol-loving lushes who kept cocktails alive during the years between 1920 and 1933, why not spend this Repeal Day in intoxicated bliss?

The truly dedicated might attempt a do-it-yourself moonshine, while others might simply opt to visit their favorite local speakeasy-style bar. Alternatively, we've collected recipes for eight great cocktails created during or inspired by the Prohibition. Cheers.


French 75

Apparently, this gin and champagne-based cocktail gets its name from a powerful piece of French World War I artillery. It was said that the drink had as big of a kick as the gun did.



The intent of the rule-breaking imbibers is quite clear from the name of this cocktail. Since it was created during the Prohibition era, those who drank this rye and dry vermouth creation were obviously "scoffing" at the law.


Whiskey Old-Fashioned

Although first created before the Prohibition, this cocktail was popular at the time for improving the taste of badly distilled whiskey by muddling a sugar cube in the glass.


Colony Cocktail

Named after the tony New York speakeasy where it was created. According to culinary historian David Wondrich, when the Vanderbilts and the Windsors needed an under-the-table drink, the Colony Restaurant is where they would go.


Blood & Sand

You might not guess it, but this scotch-based drink actually has a sweet, fruity touch from the mix of cherry brandy and orange juice. It was named after the 1922 film, Blood and Sand, starring Rudolph Valentino.



This recipe, from Kate Simon's book, Absinthe Cocktails, is an adaptation on a Prohibition-era classic. The pale purple color from the inclusion of crème de violette makes it a real stunner.