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What Did Prohibition Require?

Prohibition in the United States lasted from 1920 – 1933. Its mention conjures up illicit drinking in speakeasies and bloody gangster activities, but do you know what were the official parameters?

The effort that culminated in banning booze in our nation began well before the Civil War (1861-1865). Its proponents were looking to achieve a more moral and productive society, and they thought that keeping people from drinking would solve significant societal ills.

The legislation that resulted in Prohibition was actually quite unsatisfactory to teetotalers (people who do not drink). They saw it as not stringent enough.

At no point during Prohibition was illegal to DRINK alcohol. It was only illegal to make, sell, or transport it. While having a stockpile of alcohol was perfectly legal, however you could not do so at more than 2 residences—and at that one home had to be in the city and one in the country.

There were also medical and religious exemptions. Doctors could actually write prescriptions for booze, and religious leaders could dole it out for official ceremonies.

Plenty of people broke the law to drink during Prohibition, but there were many who imbibed while following the law.

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Star Anise Can Be Used to Fight Off the Flu

Tamiflu has been show to speed recovery from influenza A and B by up to 18 hours. If my Wikipdedia-ing is correct, it works by making it hard for the flu virus to jump from cell to cell.

The active agent in Tamiflu is made available from shikimic acid found in Star Anise, and up to 90% of the world’s supply of Star Anise has been used to make this medicine.

Mind you, I am a bartender and not a doctor, so I am not recommending booze to fight a viral infection, but I do think I’ll add Star Anise to my next Hot Toddy…

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Booze & Baby Boats

My girlfriend and I recently came into possession of her grandfather’s fishing boat. It’s a sturdy little 14′ aluminum boat with a pull-to-start outboard motor, and we have had a blast taking it out on two quick jaunts.

Boating is new territory for us, and we have saved the boozing for after getting home & tucking it away for the night. As I sat catching up on the mountain of knowledge that facilitates safe & successful boating I asked google what the authorities have to say regarding booze & boating.

Apparently, in the States it is illegal to operate even a kayak under the influence of alcohol.

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Do You Need Bacon-Chocolate Shot Glasses?

Some people are tired of ground-breaking bacon news. While that is okay, this post is not for them. I have combined bacon with gin, maple syrup, and an orange slice with favorable results, and this development has my bartender brain alight with possibilities.

Through The Eyes Of My Belly has a recipe for shot glasses made out of bacon & chocolate. The bacon is roasted around a shot-glass mold, and when the melted chocolate solidifies around the inside it seals all the holes, so that your booze stays put.

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Adult Arcade Games? They Dispense Booze!

These days hard seltzers are all the rage with calorie-conscious adults. Years ago, in our youths, claw-machines were all the rage. Now, a wonderful bar in Arizona has brought these two joys together.

El Hefe in Scottsdale has an arcade-style claw machine, but instead of winning a stuffed toy, you get booze. There have been several occasions on which the bar has run out of White Claw, since installing the game.

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What was Ameria’s First Whiskey?

As a crop Rye is difficult to harvest, and even more difficult to make into booze. However, the tenacity it displays allows Rye to be planted in late fall, survive harsh winters, and be the first grain ready to harvest in spring.

Corn, Wheat, Barley, and Rice were domesticated by humans between 9,000 – 10,000 years ago. Our ancestors did not cultivate Oats until 4,500 years ago. The last of the cereal grains to be domesticated was Rye: only 2,500 years ago.

Even though it showed up late to the party, Rye made America’s first whiskey. Settlers of New England tried growing wheat & barley, but these crops do not like the poor weather & soil conditions found throughout New England.

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Who Invented Vodka Better?

As with many origin stories for specific types of booze from around the world it is tricky to determine in exactly which country Vodka originated. Mind you, I suggest you advance this theory delicately depending on which side of the Poland-Russia border you have this discussion.

While Poles and Russians each credit their respective ancestors for creating Vodka, we do know that it originated in that part of the world. The first known mention of Vodka comes to us from a medical journal called On Herbs & Their Potency by Stefan Falimirz.

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Paul Revere’s Boozy Ride

When learning about Paul Revere did your elementary school teacher happen to mention all the rum he drank halfway through his famous ride?

In Colonial New England rum comprised the second largest industry (behind ship building) and Medford, Massachusetts sat at the forefront of its rum making.

Revere stopped in Medford at the home of Captain Isaac Hall, who was the equivalent of a community organizer and would help rouse the local militia. However, Captain Hall also made the finest rum in New England, and as a good host he plied Revere with his best booze before continuing his ride.

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Pappy Van Winkle’s Blues

Booze has a funny knack of appealing to us at our personal lows and our highs. Did you reach for a celebratory drink after the last big win you had in your personal life?

Robby Fabbri of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues sure did. Except his drink of choice was a reclusive 13 year old Pappy Van Winkle Rye Whiskey, and he chugged all $1,200 of it.

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Churchill Brought a Prescription for Booze to America

Prohibition lasted from 1920 – 1933, and while it made alcohol annoying to come by, it definitely did not make it impossible to imbibe. In addition to illicit means there were legal loopholes built into the law itself.

Medical doctors were allowed to prescribe alcohol to patients for a variety of conditions. One such doctor prescribed 1,880 gallons of booze in a single month.

Before he would visit America the Prime Minister of England—Winston Churchill—secured one such prescription from his doctor, so that his stay need not be a dry one.

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