The Best Pre-Prohibition Style Booze to Help You Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Repeal Day

Sidecars and pisco sours all around.

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Old Tom is a historically accurate reproduction of the gin popular around the 1800s. Made only from the "heart of hearts," the best part of the distillate.Tastes like: Orange peel, coriander, and malt. Available at: Astor Wines and Spirits.(Photos: Oh Go, Local Wine and Spirits)
Templeton is still made from the original Kerkhoff family recipe, which has an unusually high mash content. The whiskey has a mashbill of 90% rye grains and 10% barley. Tastes like: Christmas spice.Available at: Binny's Beverage Depot.(Photo: Templeton Rye)
Widow Jane is a 5-year bourbon whiskey, part of a limited edition 1,500 bottle run. The water used to create Widow Jane comes from Rosendale, New York, and possesses a high concentration of beneficial minerals. Tastes like: Spiced apple fritter, poached pear, hard cinnamon candy, caramel, and toffee.Available at: Drink Up NY.(Photo: Cool Hunting)
In the 1800s, "Vienna" style lager was all the rage. The beer is heavily aromatic because of a process called "dry-hopping," where the beer is steeped with fresh hops as it undergoes a long maturation process. Tastes like: Caramel and malt with a floral, hoppy aroma. Available at:
You might recognize Kings County from their book, Guide to Urban Moonshining. This moonshine is no joke. Kings County uses New York grain and traditional practices to make moonshine that your ancestors would be proud of. Tastes: Pure, creamy, with and a hint of sweetness. Available at: Astor Wines.(Photo: Ramshackle Glam)
Pablo Neruda said it best: "Pisco is a million years of sunshine in a single drop." This pre-Prohibition gem is making its comeback in cocktails. Tastes like: Grapes. Crisp, clean, and tangy.Available at: Total WIne.(Photo: Latina Wine Blogger)
Using recipes found nearly a century after being hidden away from the police in a broken basement pipe, Batch 19 aims to create pre-Prohibition lager as authentically as possible,Tastes: Hoppy with a balanced malt finish.Available at: Any bar in Manhattan. (Photo: Flickr)
Prichard's has been distilling since 1822. The distillery's double barreled bourbon whiskey is distilled in charred oak barrels and bottled at 95 proof. Tastes like: Raisins and honeycomb. Available at: Caskers.(Photo: Oaks Liquors)
From April to June, enjoy Full Sail's limited-edition Vienna-style lager.  It's brewed with caramel, Czech Saaz hops, and chocolate. Tastes like: Dark roast coffee with a hint of hops. Available at: Union Beer Distributors.(Photo: Not So Professional Beer)
Made from Louisiana molasses, distilled in custom copper stills, and carbon filtered, Busted Barrel has been given the royal treatment. Tastes: Smooth and pure.Available at: Every county in New Jersey.(Photo: North Jersey)

December 5th marks the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, when the 18th Amendment was repealed, effectively ending Prohibition. But the spirit of Prohibition lives on in original recipes from pre-Prohibition distilleries and breweries that have survived to this day.

In celebration, we’ve gathered the best of pre-Prohibition style booze and beer. Wicked labels like Widow Jane and Ransom’s Old Tom aren’t just tasty, but strong, too (we’re talking 90 proof). These bottles are being distilled in the manner of the 1800s and early 1900s, often staying true to the exact pre-Prohibition recipe.

As Al Capone once put it, “Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.”

Click through the gallery, then make yourself a Pre-prohibition cocktail to celebrate alcohol.

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