The Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted in Congress on March 21, 1933 and signed by FDR the next day. The act legalized 3.2% abv beer, and wine with similarly low alcohol content. The law went into effect on April 7, 1933.
This day in drink history marks the 81st anniversary of the end of the alcohol prohibition in America!
What happens when a group of businessmen from complimenting companies sit down for a drink? Well, if it’s 1941 and their companies sell ginger beer and vodka,… Read more “The Moscow Mule”
Around the 1850s in New Orleans, Louisiana, a Creole apothecary named Antoine Amadie Peychaud often served up a drink to his friends made from his own bitters… Read more “The Sazerac”
The most popular cocktail in the United States, the invention of the Margarita is both controversial and happily celebrated. The taste is timeless and the recipe, simple.… Read more “The Original Margarita”
Named for the Scottish folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor, the Rob Roy is similar to the Manhattan, but uses a Scotch Whisky rather than Rye or Bourbon.… Read more “The Rob Roy”
From its invention in Kentucky in the late 1700’s to the renaming of the company in 1933, Jim Beam has been a must have in any home… Read more “Jim Beam History and Recipes”
It’s National Beer Can Appreciation Day, and a celebration is in order! Rising up from its reputation of classlessness, the beer can has made its way into… Read more “The rise of the beer can”
Today marks the 94th anniversary of the 18th Amendment. So much of how Americans think about drinking today stems from the prohibition, so it’s important to not… Read more “The Story Behind the 18th Amendment”
I have never met a “classic” cocktail without some sort of questionable history. Someone, somewhere claims to have invented a combination of one thing and another, and… Read more “The History of the Bloody Mary”