Celebrate Repeal Day With These Fine Cocktails

Believe it or not, but there was a time when it was illegal to drink alcohol. It may sound funny, but it is true. Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. It started out in 1920 and went to 1933.

This Saturday, December 5th will officially mark the 82nd Anniversary since Prohibition ended. To celebrate Repeal Day why not enjoy a few whiskey cocktails responsibly with friends? Whether you’re looking to entertain guests for a “Roaring 20s” party or just looking to sip a few prohibition age cocktails here are few drink ideas below to enjoy.

Gramercy Buck – Cocktail created by Amanda Tissue of the Gramercy Park Hotel

1.3 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon

1 oz. Lemon Juice

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

Muddled Strawberries

Top off with Ginger Beer and serve in a highball glass.

The Beelzebub – Created by Diageo Mixologist Eric Ribeiro

1.3 oz. I.W Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

0.75 oz. Lemon juice

0.5 oz. Orgeat

0.5 oz. Lucano Amaro

0.5 oz. Mezcal

Serve in a coupette glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.

Dickel Rye Manhattan

1 oz. George Dickel Rye Whisky

0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth

3 dashes bitters

In an ice filled bar glass combine all ingredients. Stir. Strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and lemon peel.

Guinness Opens The Gate On Brewery

Attention all you Guinness fans out there. There is some very exciting news about a new brewery.  Continuing in a long-standing tradition of brewing innovation and excellence, the Guinness brewers at St. James’s Gate are proud to announce the launch of The Open Gate Brewery.

There has been an experimental brewery at St. James’s Gate for over a hundred years. Here the Brewers are given license to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting beers to life. For the first time in its history, Guinness has opened its doors to the general public and introduced the world to its brewers and their home of experimentation and innovation. The Open Gate Brewery, the hub of this intimate brewing experience, will welcome visitors from early December.

As well as pouring the famous Guinness stout and the latest innovations from the Brewers Project, such as Guinness Nitro IPA, Hop House 13 Lager, Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter, the brewers will be sharing early, small batch versions of their experimental beers to taste. These brews will only be available at The Open Gate Brewery. A selection of other new Guinness beers from around the globe, which until now, have never been available under one roof, will also be exclusively available to visitors in The Open Gate Brewery.

Speaking about the opening, Guinness Brewer Peter Simpson said, “We feel extremely lucky to have free rein to regularly explore and create new beers in small batches. There is huge interest in beer nowadays and my fellow brewers and I are excited to share our experimental beers, which until now, have never been tasted outside the brewery. We are also really looking forward to collaborating with beer enthusiasts from around the world at The Open Gate Brewery in the future.”

The Open Gate Brewery is the driver behind beer experimentation, craftsmanship, innovation and creativity. It is set to become a global destination for beer enthusiasts who are eager to discover, collaborate and experience a deeper connection to beer innovation, in a truly authentic environment.

The Open Gate Brewery will be open to the public every Thursday and Friday night from 5.30pm – 10.30pm. Guests will have a chance to meet the Guinness brewers in their place of work, discuss the brewing process and sample the great brewing innovations from Guinness.