ATLANTIC CITY — Visit the Atlantic City Bottle Company’s intimate speakeasy The Iron Room (648 N. Albany Ave. in A.C., across from Surf Stadium) on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6-9pm for a celebration of “Repeal Day” — the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.
The evening will include discount savings on several items in Atlantic City Bottle Company’s otherwise hard-to-find inventory, as well as specials on top-shelf brands Cutty Sark (cutty-sark.com), Macallan (themacallan.com ) and Highland Park (highlandpark.co.uk) whiskeys and scotches. There will also be free giveaways, sensational small-plates fare, and live entertainment by the Jeff & Tamara acoustic duet.
Toast the end of a 14-year ban on the sale and production of alcoholic beverages that started in 1920 and ended Dec. 5, 1933 — the day the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was ratified by the 21st Amendment. To this day it remains the only Constitutional amendment that repealed another amendment. Oh, and of course would provide inspiration for the award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire and the book that served as its basis, Judge Nelson Johnson’s Boardwalk Empire, The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City.
Prohibition also famously spawned a number of classic cocktails that blended various ingredients intended mainly to cover up the poor quality of moonshine whiskey and bathtub gin (an estimated 10,000 people died over that 14-year stretch due to alcohol poisoning).
A surprising quantity of those concoctions withstood the test of time today, and needless to say the quality of the spirits improved across the board. Come sample some of these classic drinks and toast to the 80-year end of a noble yet doomed-from-the-start crusade.
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