Celebrating Repeal Day in Las Vegas

The Prohibition Era lasted from 1920 to 1933. It was an era when the sell of alcohol was outlawed and police would arrest anyone who was found making or selling alcohol illegal. It was the result of a widespread temperance movement during the first decade of the 20th century. It was established by the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Prohibition was repealed on Dec. 5, 1933, by the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.

The Mob Museum is recognizing Repeal Day with a series of events Dec. 1 through 5. Events will include a Downtown Las Vegas Cocktail Crawl and eye-opening presentations on Prohibition Era. Participating bars include Atomic Liquors, Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand, Triple George, Oscar’s Steakhouse, Parlour Bar at El Cortez, Pizza Rock and Velveteen Rabbit. Each Cocktail Crawl bar will offer a prohibition-inspired cocktail for $5 each. A free map of participating locations will be available from The Mob Museum box office.

On Dec. 3, four speakers will deliver talks in the museum's courtroom about different aspects of the Prohibition Era.

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Atomic Liquors on East Fremont Street will host its 4th annual Repeal's Eve party on Dec. 4. The festivities will begin at 8 p.m. Atomic will be entirely boarded up and light less to appear closed from the outside, but don't let that fool you! All you need to know is the password, which is "prescription." Attendees are encouraged to wear their best Prohibition Era costumes. 

Franklin at Delano Las Vegas will also be celebrating Repeal Day on Dec. 4. Guests are encouraged to dress to the nines in 1930s style for free entrance and drinks. Entrance will also be granted to those who know the secret password.

The Palm Restaurant of Las Vegas inside the Forum Shops will be serving a Prohibition Buzz Cocktail is the perfect combination of salty and sweet that parallels a drink that real movers and shakers of the prohibition era drank. Since the first Palm Restaurant opened in 1926, during the first few years of the prohibition, The Palm Las Vegas is proud to serve a cocktail that would have been popular in that era as well as our current day and age.

Pancho's Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin will keep the liquor flowing in honor of Repeal Day with half-priced tequila pours, available exclusively in the restaurant’s cantina on Dec. 5.

More than 40 brands of tequila are available for the special, including Patrón, Herradura and Don Julio.  Guests can also enjoy selections from Pancho’s signature weekday happy hour, offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the cantina. Happy hour specials include half-priced select appetizers and drink specials, including: $1.25 off draft beer, $2.25 off house and flavored margaritas, $3 off well cocktails and $3.20 off house wines.

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will be featuring the La Cave Bramble on Repeal Day. This cocktail features Hennessy VS, black berries, fresh lemon juice and crème de cassis for the perfect burst of flavor.

La Cave Bramble
1.5 oz Hennessy VS
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3-4 Black Berries
Float Crème de Cassis

Instructions: Place blackberries in a shaker and muddle, add remaining ingredients and  1 scoop ice.  Shake well and pour (not strain) into a rocks glass. Top with the float of crème de cassis. Blackberry garnish

HEXX Kitchen + Bar at Paris Las Vegas is featuring the Desert Smash on Repeal Day. The drink is made with Plymouth gin, blackberries, rosemary, agave and lime juice.

Desert Smash
1.5oz Plymouth Gin
0.5oz agave nectar
0.75oz lime juice
soda water
fresh blackberries (2-3ea)
fresh rosemary (1 sprig)

Instructions: Muddle blackberries, rosemary, agave, lime juice. Add gin, ice and top with splash soda water. Garnish with blackberry.

CRUSH at MGM Grand will be pouring CRUSH the Mule’s all day long, featuring kettle one vodka, ginger beer and fresh lime juice.

CRUSH the Mule
2 oz Eagle Rare Kentucky Bourbon
4 Lime Wedges
4 Mint Leaves
Fever Tree Ginger Beer
1 Copper Mug

Instructions: Muddle mint, lime and one scoop of ice in a shaker. Add Eagle Rare bourbon and shake well. Pour into a copper mug and fill with Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Garnish with mint sprig.

Or if you prefer to make your own cocktails and celebrate at home, here are some recipes for you:

GIN RICKEY
INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz. Gin (or bourbon)
1 Lime, halved
Club soda to top

DIRECTIONS
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the gin or bourbon. Juice the lime halves into the glass. Drop juiced lime shells into glass. Top with club soda.

FRENCH 75
INGREDIENTS
3 oz. Champagne
1 oz. Gin
0.5 oz. Lemon juice
0.5 oz. Simple syrup
Lemon twist to garnish

DIRECTIONS
Add all the ingredients to a shaker except for Champagne and fill with ice. Shake well. Strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

SOUTH SIDE FIZZ
INGREDIENTS
5 parts Gin
3 parts Lemon juice
2 parts Simple syrup
Soda water to top
Mint leaves to garnish

DIRECTIONS
Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice cubes. Fill a shaker with ice cubes and add lemon juice, gin and simple syrup. Shake and strain into the prepared glass. Top with soda water and garnish with mint leaf.
NOTE: Traditionally served without ice. 

WHISKEY SOUR
INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Whiskey
3/4 oz. Fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. Simple syrup
Egg white (optional)
Cherry & orange slice for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Chill a cocktail glass. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into prepared cocktail glass and garnish.

RECIPES COURTESY OF NIGHTCLUB & BAR

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