December 4, 2006

Celebrate Repeal Day with Dewar's

A World Without BoozeRepent all ye abstainers, for Repeal Day is upon us! For those of you who haven't heard of Repeal Day yet, it's the day America's Prohibition laws were repealed, allowing Americans to drink sweet, sweet booze again without having to smuggle it from Canada or make it in their bathtubs. If you ask us, that's almost better than Christmas (sorry Jesus).

We got our hands on a funny video called Celebrate Repeal Day, which you can find over at Google Videos, where Dewar's envisions a world where Prohibition was never repealed. A chilling thought, indeed. Also, if you want more info on Repeal Day head on over Jeffrey Morgenthaler's blog - we'd never heard of Repeal Day until we read his post a little while back. Also, in honor of Dewar's pro-Repeal Day sentiments, we've included a bunch of their cocktail recipes, including an Old Fashioned and a Rob Roy, after the jump so you can celebrate in style.

December 5th will mark the anniversary of Repeal Day; it was on this date in 1933 that the 21st Amendment was ratified and Prohibition was terminated. And, Dewar's Scotch - the first legal whisky to arrive in the U.S. - hit New York’s South Street Seaport docks the moment the law was put into action. Joseph Kennedy, Sr. (JFK's father) happened to be the US agent for the brand.

Why not celebrate this significant day in American history with some vintage cocktails - The Dewar's Old Fashioned; Dewar's Highball; Ward Eight; and the Rob Roy. Try out the recipes below, and enjoy at your favorite speakeasy.


* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 2 dashes Angostura bitters
* 2 orange slices
* 2 maraschino cherries
* Water or Soda water
In the bottom of a rocks glass, carefully muddle the sugar, bitters, 1 orange slice, 1 cherry and a splash of water or soda. Remove the orange rind and add the DEWAR’S and ice. Garnish with the remaining orange slice and cherry.

* 3 parts soda
In a pint glass filled with ice, combine Dewar’s and soda.

Origins of the Highball (cocktail, not the glass) are rumored to be in the Midwest, specifically St. Louis. On some rail lines, if an engineer spotted a large steel ball resting upon an approaching signal pole, it was a sign that he should speed up. From that, the word ‘highball’ evolved to mean a quickly prepared drink.

* Juice of 2 orange wedges
* Juice of 2 lemon wedges
* 1 dash grenadine
* Or 1 splash of pomegranate liqueur
Shake all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Ward Eight is over a century old, with roots stretching back to Boston in the late 1890s. As with many drinks of yore, the Ward Eight is a celebratory concoction, named for Martin Lomasney’s state legislature victory n his ward-hence, its relatively obvious name.

* 1.75 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso (sweet) Vermouth
* 4 dashes
Shake all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Rob Roy MacGregor (1670-1734) fought to protect the farmers’ way of life, earning the respect of this fellow Highlanders and a prison sentence for treason. He escaped (several times, actually) and lived the remainder of his life as an outlaw. The Rob Roy cocktail was created in 1894 to celebrate the opening of the Herald Square musical that paid homage to this Scottish folk hero.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 4, 2006 6:44 AM
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