December 5th marks the 75th anniversary of Repeal Day, when Prohibition ended and Americans depressed by the Depression could once again drown their sorrows legally — instead of having to get tanked in Tijuana, hammered in Havana, or literally paralyzed with the Jake Leg after quaffing poisonous home-brewed hooch.
To toast that auspicious occasion, here at the Deadbeat Bar we’ll be tossing back our favorite pre-Prohibition drink: an Old Fashioned. “And just what,” you ask, “is Tiki about that?” Well, for one thing, the Old Fashioned was Trader Vic’s favorite nightcap (in his later years, he averaged two a day in his office after work). Vic made his with rum, but we prefer ours with good ole ‘merican whiskey.
Recipe: Place a half-dollar-sized piece of orange peel scraped clean of all pulp, a teaspoon of cane sugar, and three dashes of bitters (either Angostura or Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel) in a rocks glass. Add a little water, then muddle everything vigorously. Fill the glass with ice, add two ounces of 90-proof bourbon (we like Knob Creek or Buffalo Trace), and stir until well chilled. Repeat until your depression about our own impending Depression lifts. (Four times usually does the trick for us.)