A distant memory from our current cocktail culture, Prohibition at the turn of the twentieth century was a dark time in American History. Alcohol was believed to be the cause of social ills, crime and poverty. And on January 16, 1919 Congress passed the 18th Amendment, outlawing alcohol in the US.
For the next fourteen years no legal drinks were sold or consumed in the US and the rise of the speakeasy began to take shape. Gradually, the American public and original organizations that put Prohibition in movement recognized it was an ill-advised measure.
However, it wasn’t until the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, that Prohibition would be overturned. So, thank you President Roosevelt because today, December 5, 2012 we celebrate the 79th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition!
Now, let’s not let the country go back there. We need to make sure as a profession that we are able to continue the responsible service of alcohol.
In any light, today is a historic day for modern bars, nightclubs and lounges! So, tonight, I think I will celebrate with an Old-Fashioned.
The 18th Amendment
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
The 21st Amendment
Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use there in of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.