Is that what they call a 75th year anniversary? Who knows. All I do know at this point is that yesterday was the Jubilee Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition. Yes, that dark time in the history of the U.S. ended 75 years ago.
The evening was saturated with various gatherings and engagements, stretching from sea to sea. One in particular – one that included the likes of Dave Wondrich, Toby Cecchini, and moi – was celebrated at NYC’s Back Room. This space was a true speakeasy – bookshelf door and all.
Wondrich demonstrated how to make Bathtub Gin (boy is he a cheapskate, isn’t he – can’t even bring a decent bottle of real gin!) Toby was making classic Manhattans at his bar station, garnished with his home-made maraschino cherries, of course (they’re divine, by the way!). And I was behind my bar station mixing up the classic Mary Pickford cocktail. I’ve included the recipe below, as well as a pic or two of the Back Room space.
Many thanks to DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the US – http://www.discus.org) for putting on what was the BEST Repeal Day bash of the evening! I hope to have some pics from the evening to post shortly…
Mary Pickford (star of the screen during the 1920′s)
1 1/2 oz. Light Rum (I like Oronoco)
3/4 oz. unsweetened Pineapple Juice
1 tsp. maraschino liqueur (I like Luxardo)
1 tsp. home-made Grenadine**
Shake all ingredients very well in a boston shaker filled with ice. Strain into a tea cup.
Garnish: bourbon-soaked cherries**
1 part POM juice
1 part sugar
Cold version – use superfine sugar and dissolve instantly in POM.
Hot version – use granulated sugar and dissolve over heat.
Use store-bought canned or bottles DARK SWEET PITTED CHERRIES. Strain liquid out and let sit in your favorite bourbon – or whatever you have the most of in your liquor cabinet – for 24hrs. I add bitters to the mix, as well. If you have Jerry Thomas’ Decanter bitters, those work well (www.thebittertruth.com)