If there was ever an occasion to raise your glass in celebration, Repeal Day, observed annually on December 5, is all about the contents of that glass and deserves a round of grateful toasts to the day prohibition ended.
During the days of Prohibition, which was instituted to discourage socially unacceptable behavior, the production, transportation and consumption of alcohol was banned. While respect for the law decreased, bootlegging, speakeasies and grownup versions of sip cups called flasks increased.
Protesters prevailed and Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933. Although the law was repealed, some areas of the country were hell bent on continuing the ban. This pleasure-policing continues today as certain groups and organizations demand exorbitant ‘sin’ taxes on alcohol.
Celebrate Repeal Day by exercising your right to gulp, guzzle, quaff, sip and swill. Seize the day to rain vodka on teetotalers’ parades. Peruse the aisles of your favorite liquor store. Seek inspiration from bottles of spirits that stand at attention like soldiers awaiting their orders to dive into a cocktail shaker.
Gastronomes can work their magic by hosting a gourmet meal that includes wine and beer options to complement each course. If your culinary skills are limited to scanning a menu, host a night of cocktail mixing and tasting.
However you choose to celebrate Repeal Day, do so responsibly. Abstainers have prominent roles as designated drivers. The rest of you can raise your cocktails and give thanks for the gift of drink. Cheers!