When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages on January 17, 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high-caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or “the good stuff” to those in the know. Alphonse Kerkhoff (seen at left) was one of those Templeton outlaws. Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Templeton Rye is based on the original Prohibition era Kerkhoff recipe. January 17 is not only the birthday of Templeton Rye, but it’s also the birthday of Al Capone as well as the original Bootlegger’s son Meryl Kerkhoff. Please join our community of enthusiasts at the Bootlegger’s Society: www.bootleggerssociety.com
Here’s an original cocktail created by Blair Frodelius of Good Spirits News to celebrate National Bootlegger’s Day.
1.5 oz Templeton rye
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tsp green Chartreuse
1 small egg white
Shake vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into ice-filled Collins glass and top with soda water. Add lemon wheel garnish and a straw.
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