Archive | December 5, 2011

Repeal Day and the Pomegranate “Manhattan”

2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Pomegranate Molasses (see below)
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon twist


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Author Gore Vidal is noted for claiming that our puritanical forefathers came to America not to escape persecution but to be free to persecute others.  As a generalization, it’s a sentiment that strikes a deep vein running through the history of our young nation, and perhaps there has been no greater mass persecution committed upon the free citizens of the United States than that of Prohibition.  In 1920, succumbing to pressure from the ever-vocal temperance movement, Congress passed the 18th Amendment – over President Wilson’s veto – banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol.  For thirteen long years, the country was dry – at least, officially.  Then, in a spark of sanity, on December 5, 1933, Congress overturned the Volstead Act by passing the 21st Amendment.  In just ten days time, it would be legal to drink again.  Americans don’t like to wait, however, and drinking began before the ink on the amendment was dry.  And thus, it’s today that we celebrate the anniversary of the reclamation of one of our most fundamental liberties:  booze. Read More…