December 5th, 2015 marks the anniversary of Repeal Day – when in 1933 the U.S. ratified the 22st Amendment and officially repealed Prohibition after 13 long, dark years.

Celebrate your freedom to drink by warming up with the Prohibition Hot Toddy at TriBeCa spot Ward III.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Prohibition

  1. Not all states enforced Prohibition, in fact Maryland never even enacted an enforcement code, and eventually earned a reputation as one of the most stubbornly anti-Prohibition states in the Union. (Source: History.com)
  2. Drug stores were allowed to sell “medicinal whiskey” to treat everything from toothaches to the flu. With a physician’s prescription, patients could legally buy a pint of hard liquor every ten days. (Source: PBS)
  3. Cutty Sark found its way to America (from Canada and The Bahamas) during Prohibition via Captain Bill McCoy’s famed smuggling route along “Rum Row”. Every shipment of his arrived “unadulterated, uncut and clean,” leading to the phrase “The Real McCoy” being coined. (Source: Cutty Sark)
  4. Hollywood is making an action movie based on the bootlegging alcohol smuggler captain William “Bill” McCoy that will star Chris Pratt as the infamous rum runner. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)
  5. Some say President Roosevelt celebrated the repeal of Prohibition by enjoying a dirty Martini, his preferred drink. (Source: History.com)
Flaming Hot Toddy

Prohibition Hot Toddy

Photo Courtesy of Paul Wagtouicz

Prohibition Hot Toddy

Created by Kenneth McCoy, Ward III

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cutty Prohibition Edition
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Honey Water Syrup
  • Splash of Fresh Pressed Ginger Juice (You Can Also Muddle Fresh Ginger in the Glass)
  • Hot Water from a Kettle

Preparation: Combine everything into a mixing vessel stir with a bar spoon. Heat your glass with hot water to be sure the glass isn’t cold, when ready to pour contents into glass pour out the hot water now strain in your cocktail add hot water on top about 4 oz. of hot water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a flamed orange peel.

Ward III Interior

Ward III Interior

Photo Courtesy of Paul Wagtouicz
Ward III Bar View

Ward III Bar View

Photo Courtesy of Paul Wagtouicz