Americans weren’t supposed to drink during Prohibition—but that’s exactly when “cocktail culture” came roaring to life. The Bloody Mary, sleek cocktail shakers, craft mixology, and hundreds of other essentials of modern drinking owe their origins to the Dry Years.
In Contraband Cocktails, Paul Dickson leads us on a
fascinating tour of those years—from the “Man in the Green Hat”
making secret deliveries to Capitol Hill, to The Great
Gatsby’s Daisy pouring Tom a mint julep at the Plaza, to inside
the smoky nightclubs of the Jazz Age—Dickson serves up an
intoxicating tale of how and what Americans drank during
Chock-full of scandalous history, cultural curiosities, and dozens
of recipes by everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Franklin D.
Roosevelt—along with a glossary of terms that will surprise the
most seasoned bartender—Paul Dickson’s Contraband Cocktails
is the perfect companion to any reader’s Cocktail Hour.