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C is for Cocktail: Shrub, the Temperance Cocktail You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

When thinking about cocktails, do these lovely ladies ever spring to mind? Probably not! But did you know that the fine ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement are a big part of why one of the world’s oldest cocktails—the … Continue reading

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John Barleycorn Must Die: Today in History, Mock Funerals Took Place Across America as Prohibition Began in Earnest

~*~ On January 17th, 1920, hundreds of fake funerals were held in churches and bars across the country for a man that didn’t exist. John Barleycorn, the anthropomorphic personification of beer and whiskey, was symbolically laid to rest amid cheers and tears at … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: Monkeying Around With The Monkey Gland Cocktail

What would you do for a chance at eternal life? For some people in the early 1920s, all it took was a slip of the knife…just as long as they didn’t mind getting a little up close and personal with their ape relatives. … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: What’s in a Name? The Origin of the Word “Cocktail”

If you asked a barkeep in early 1700s America for a cocktail, they’d probably think you wanted to buy a horse. Horses who’d had their tails bobbed or docked short were known as “cocktails.” Docking, or the cutting off of a … Continue reading

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