Editorial: There’s a lot of interest in Ken Burns’ new documentary, “Prohibition” which airs October 2nd. What the average bartender today doesn’t realize, is that some of the best and most creative cocktails of the 20th century were invented during the “noble experiment”. The Sidecar, Mojito, Blood and Sand, Pisco Sour and Bloody Mary all made their debut between 1919 and 1930. Many of them were created by American bartenders who decided to ply their trades in liquor friendly countries like Cuba, England or France.
So, while you’re watching the series next week, celebrate your freedom to imbibe by crafting a few of these enduring classics for yourself. There’s a reason they’ve outlasted prohibition. They’re damn good!
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Cool barware: Perlini System
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Interview of the Week: Ken Burns
Video of the Week: Prohibition, with Ken Burns – Countdown with Keith Olbermann
Photo of the week