As we gear up to cheer the 90th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition on Dec. 5, The Underground bar in Las Vegas has already been partying like it’s 1933. The speakeasy and distillery inside The Mob Museum kicked off the celebration with its annual Repeal Day soirée on Dec. 2 that included live music, specialty cocktails, house-made bites and the launch of its new flavored moonshine.
The Underground’s selection of specialty Repeal Day cocktails will be available for $15 each through Tuesday, Dec. 5. They include the following drinks:
Doctor’s Orders (shown atop) – A loophole in the Volstead Act was a doctor’s ability to prescribe medicinal alcohol. This prevented alcohol from disappearing from American life as bourbon was one of those medicinal spirits that could be found on a pharmacy’s shelf during the 1920s. Celebrating its everlasting home in American culture, the Doctor’s Orders combines Knob Creek Bourbon, dry Curaçao, amaretto, blackberry and lime juice.
Strawberry Collins – A true cocktail classic, the Tom Collins preceded Prohibition by decades. The ever-popular mixed drink was first featured in Jerry Thomas’ 1876 rendition of The Bartender’s Guide. Further withstanding the test of time 90 years after Prohibition’s repeal, The Underground’s Repeal Day version incorporates Sipsmith Strawberry Smash Gin for a contemporary take to celebrate the historic anniversary.
The Man in the Green Hat – Prohibition was so disliked by most Americans that even congress had its own bootlegger – the Man in the Green Hat. This man, known for his emerald-colored hat, was eventually identified as George Cassidy when he was busted by a capitol police officer for delivering six quarts of whiskey to a U.S. house member in February of 1930. Combining two whiskies, this cocktail features Suntory Whisky Toki, Maker’s Mark 46, orgeat and bitters.
The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy, distillery and private VIP room in the basement of The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s tell the story of the Prohibition era, and a seasonal cocktail menu gives guests the opportunity to try contemporary takes on classic Prohibition-era cocktails.