Sometimes a classic taste is preferable to the sugary, over-mixed cocktails of today. While an Old-Fashioned or a Vodka Gimlet might sound like something your grandfather might drink, there’s an old saying that pertains specifically to cocktails of the Prohibition era: don’t knock it until you try it.
Here are 5 Prohibition era cocktails to try this weekend at Tin Lizzie Lounge in uptown Seattle:
1. Whiskey Sour
Regarded as the “fried-egg sandwich” of American cocktails, the whiskey sour is versatile, simple, and a steady asset in the back pocket of any bartender. It’s also a great way to bring non-whiskey drinkers into the fold, as the sweeter notes of the drink can cancel out much of the bite that comes with a cheaper whiskey.
A lighter alternative to some of the heavier options on this list, the Sidecar is both sweet and refreshing, allowing patrons to enjoy their drink while staying light on their feet. There’s not much more to be said than that, but this Prohibition staple can bring back the jazzy colors of the roaring ’20s regardless of the current era.
3. Bee’s Knees
Most bartenders below a certain age are likely to respond when faced with an order of this popular Prohibition cocktail, but if you find one who can concoct a Bee’s Knees without a trip to the Google machine, you know you’re in the right bar. A splash of lemon juice across a base of gin and you’re off to the races with the best cocktail around.
4. White Lady
Keeping with the styling of the previous two cocktails, this lightweight cocktail incorporates lemon flavors and golden color that fits with both candlelight and party lights, but the White Lady can pack a serious punch. Ask your bartender today and get ready for a serious dose of gin, triple sec, and lemon juice.
5. Gin Rickey
One of the classic staples of D.C. nightlife in the 1880s has made a comeback due to a band of local bartenders. Served in a highball, this bourbon and mineral water concoction got its name from the bartender of Colonel Joe Rickey, who dropped a fresh lime into the Colonel’s drink and thus the “Joe Rickey” was born.
Ready to take a deep dive into Prohibition-era cocktails in a classic setting? Visit Tin Lizzie Lounge this week for drink specials, old-school cocktails, and lively new inventions from our talented bartenders. We’ve also got a spate of new menu items for you to enjoy, so check out our newly updated menu before stopping in!
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