Ten ‘quite interesting’ facts about cocktails

19th October, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie

Speakeasies popularised cocktails in America

During Prohibition in America when the sale of alcohol was banned, illegal bars called “speakeasies” popped up all over the country, the name coming from a female bartender who would quieten down rowdy customers who were running the risk of being found out with the words, “speak easy, boy, speak easy”.

Prohibition actually made cocktails far more popular than they had been, as they were a way to disguise a beverage’s alcoholic content. During this time, gin and vodka also replaced rum and whisky as primary cocktail ingredients, as they were easier to make illegally and didn’t need to be aged for so long.

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