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Tampa Bay Online: Bartenders' Group Remembers Prohibition

December 2, 2011

From Tampa Bay Online:

You've got to love a drink named the Hanky Panky,

To fully appreciate the cocktail's charm, it helps to know the story behind the drink.

In the early 1900s, a bartender named Ada Coleman worked in London at the Savoy Hotel's American Bar, one of the first European establishments to feature American-style drinks.

Mark Twain stopped in for drinks. So did heads of state. And a celebrated Victorian stage actor at the time named Sir Charles Hawtrey.


Classic cocktails and the lore surrounding them will be celebrated – and imbibed – from 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday when Tampa's Left Coast Bar Guild hosts its Repeal Day Party at the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn in Ybor City.


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