Toast the Repeal of Prohibition with Craft Cocktails from Easy & Oskey

A bottle cap portrait of Andrew Volstead adorning the walls of The Freehouse in Minneapolis, MN // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

A bottle cap portrait of Andrew Volstead adorning the walls of The Freehouse in Minneapolis, MN // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

At 5:32 p.m. December 5, 1933, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment, giving prohibition opponents the three-fourths majority needed to repeal the 18th Amendment, ending the national prohibition of alcohol in the United States of America.

The Volstead Act–passed in Congress on October 28, 1919 and co-authored by Minnesota native Andrew Volstead–had subjected American drinkers to 13 years of repression. The legal prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. was a contentious topic, to say the least. By the mid-1920s, several prominent figures had begun to publicly criticize the fundamentals of “The Noble Experiment.”

Writer Henry Louis “H. L.” Mencken famously wrote in 1925:

Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect; they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.

When America’s economy began to take a turn for the worse in 1929 and the Great Depression took hold, the country’s citizens still weren’t allowed to drown their sorrows with a legal drink, and sentiment had seemingly tipped to the side of repeal.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s campaign promise of repeal was almost certainly a catalyst for the Governor of New York’s journey to the White House. FDR kept his promise and in March of 1933 the President took to the airwaves for one of his famous “Fireside Chats” to proclaim, “I think this would be a good time for a beer!”

More than 80 years later December 5 has become a day to celebrate the liberties afforded us by opponents of prohibition. So today, raise a glass to those who fought for these freedoms. Below are a few craft cocktails from our friends at Easy & Oskey to help you celebrate the culture of craft beverages this weekend.

The Boulevardier

G9_cocktail_707x380By Erik Eastman, Easy & Oskey Photos by James Eastman The Negroni has been enjoying a moment of resurgence recently, and with good reason. What’s not to like about the combination of bitter Campari, sweet vermouth, the crisp snap of a quality gin and an orange twist. As the seasons turn, and your football viewing, […]


The Martinez

G11_cocktail_707x380A new take on an age-old classic by Erik Eastman, Easy & Oskey Photos by James Eastman Recently I had the chance to catch up with a friend after the holiday madness had subsided and learned said friend was not particularly fond of my favorite drink, the Martini. My companion posed this question: “Maybe I […]


Three Easy Pieces

G14_cocktail_707x380Photos by James Eastman “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” A timeless saying that rings true in many applications, cocktails being no exception. But what happens when you begin with parts that are exceptional on their own? Deliciousness happens, in the form of what could be an instant classic—Three Easy Pieces. This cocktail […]


Craft Cocktails: Abeille 75

G13_cocktailrecipe_707x380By Erik Eastman, Easy & Oskey Photos by James Eastman Brunch is officially a thing. No longer is brunch synonymous with soggy pancakes and limp bacon in scalding hot chafing dishes at the Hotel No Name. Some of the best restaurants in our twin towns are offering a fabulous brunch experience, including The Strip Club […]

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