One hundred years ago, it was the dry January to end them all.
Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition, which was thankfully repealed in 1933, allowing us all to ironically celebrate the law with a stiff drink. And in the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, why not toast with some era-appropriate prohibition-style cocktails? Sure, you know about whiskey sours and Manhattans, but you can drink even more authentically with these concoctions all over New Jersey.
So grab your top hats and your flapper dresses. We’re heading to the speakeasy.
The Old Fashioned
What’s in it: You can’t do a story about old fashioned drinks without actually writing about the Old Fashioned, can you? It is indeed old, with roots dating back to 1806 when a Hudson, New York paper defined the word “cocktail” with a recipe that is almost exactly what we have come to call an Old Fashioned. Bourbon or rye, angostura bitters, a sugar cube, a dash of water, and maraschino cherry and orange rind for garnish.
Where to drink it: The easiest drink to get on this list, with any self-respecting bar serving up some version of it. But head to Verve in Somerville, which was named the best bar in the state by NJ.com in 2019, and has delicious cinnamon bitters to make the best one you’ll taste anywhere.