If there was ever an occasion to raise your glass in celebration, prepare to do just that on December 5. Repeal Day is all about the contents of that glass and deserves a round of grateful toasts to the day prohibition was repealed.
During the dark days of deprivation known as Prohibition, which was instituted to discourage socially unacceptable behavior, the production, transportation, possession and consumption of all alcohol was banned.
However, respect for the law decreased as bootleggers smuggled spirits, creative entrepreneurs opened secret taverns called speakeasies, and others toted grownup versions of sip cups in the form of metal flasks.
Protesters prevailed and Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933.
Although prohibition was repealed, some corners of the nation were hell bent on continuing to ban alcohol from local towns. This pleasure-policing cycle continues today as certain dictatorial organizations and groups demand exorbitant taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and other foods and beverages.
Celebrate Repeal Day and retain your right to swill, sip, gulp, guzzle, imbibe and quaff. Seize the day to rain vodka on teetotalers’ parades.
In preparation for the day’s festivities, peruse the aisles of your friendly neighborhood liquor store. Seek inspiration from bottles of spirits that stand at attention like soldiers awaiting their orders to dive into a cocktail shaker.
There are several fun ways in which to celebrate Repeal Day. Gastronomes can work their culinary magic and pairing skills to host a full-scale gourmet meal that includes wine and beer options that complement each course.
If your cooking skills are limited to scanning a takeout menu, host a night of cocktail mixing and tasting. With a properly stocked bar and a little creativity, the possibilities are endless. Try a jigger of this, an ounce of that, and a few drops of the other to create something unforgettable.
However you choose to celebrate on Repeal Day, please 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 that you are about to receive. Cheers!