Dec 5th, 1933 was a great day in American History. It marked the passage of the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution, repealing prohibition. Thirteen long years of alcohol prohibition were plagued by an upswing in violence and organized crime. Illicit alcohol still made its way to the streets, often of dubious and sometimes downright dangerous quality. So this repeal day, pick up a couple bottles of the “Real McCoy” and mix yourself a classic cocktail.
One of my favorites from this time period commemorates imbibers’ perseverance during these dark times. “Twelve Mile Limit” references the boundary of U.S. Territorial Waters where prohibition could still be enforced. Originally the reach of the US government was only three miles, but they quickly discovered that great numbers of people, in sometimes very small craft, were willing to brave this “short” distance. Even once extended, Americans still made the journey out to sea and created a cocktail to toast their arrival.
Twelve Mile Limit
Roger Adamson is the Beer and Spirits Specialist at Binny’s Willowbrook. A man of many interests, Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist and is currently utilizing his background in history to research and write a book on classic cocktails. Stop by the Binnys in Willowbrook and have a chat with him; he is always eager to share his passions with others.