The Prohibition cocktail was created during the Prohibition era in the United States (1920-1933) when alcohol was banned. Bartenders had to get creative with their recipes to mask the taste of poor-quality homemade spirits. This cocktail was a favorite among speakeasy patrons and was often enjoyed by those who wanted a taste of the forbidden fruit.
The Prohibition cocktail has a complex flavor profile, with a mix of sweet, sour, and bitter notes. The sweetness of the honey syrup is balanced by the tartness of the lemon juice, while the herbal notes of gin and orange liqueur add depth and sophistication.
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- Replace gin with mezcal (2oz) for a smoky touch
- Add a dash of angostura bitters
The smokiness of mezcal adds a deep, rustic layer that dances with the citrus and honey, drawing you into a speakeasy with every sip. The cocktail's character shifts from a flapper's vibrant party to a noir scene bathed in mystery.
- Muddle a few fresh basil leaves in the shaker before adding other ingredients
- Replace orange liqueur with elderflower liqueur (1oz)
Inviting an herb garden to the party, this twist offers a botanical boost alongside floral elderflower notes. Imagine sipping your drink in a sunlit conservatory among blooming flowers and greenery.
- Add a handful of fresh mixed berries to the shaker
- Use raspberry liqueur (0.5oz) instead of orange liqueur
Berries bring a tart and sweet bounty, interrupted by the occasional rogue raspberry's mischief. The berry-infused version travels from the urban concrete to a summer berry patch, reveling in a fruitier, richer storyline.
What is the origin of the term 'speakeasy'?
The term 'speakeasy' originally referred to the establishments that illegally sold alcohol during the Prohibition era. The term arises from the practice of patrons speaking quietly or 'easily' to avoid drawing attention to these illegal clubs.
Can I make the Prohibition cocktail if I don't have a cocktail shaker?
Yes, you can also mix the ingredients in a large glass and then strain it using a sieve. However, using a cocktail shaker is recommended to blend the flavors more effectively.
Why is the coupe glass the recommended choice for the Prohibition cocktail?
The coupe glass was a popular choice during the Prohibition era due to its wide, shallow bowl that allows for better appreciation of the cocktail's aroma. This makes it a historical and sensory choice for the Prohibition cocktail.
What gives the Prohibition cocktail its signature golden-yellow color?
The golden-yellow color comes from the blend of the gin, orange liqueur, and honey syrup. The lemon juice adds a slight cloudiness to it. Always remember that the color may vary slightly based on the brands of ingredients used.