Eighty years ago today 36 of the 48 states at the time ratified the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution that repealed the 18th Amendment that had prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol in our country for nearly fourteen years.
Celebrate your right to drink alcoholic beverages with some festive concoctions. There are plenty of winter ales available. One that obviously comes to mind is from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery – their seasonal Fireside Chat. My favorite comes from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery, Jubelale.
If wine is more to your liking, then Champagne is in order. My current favorite is Gaston Chiquet Tradition, unless you’re having oysters while you drink. In that case, go for Pierre Peters Cuvée de Réserve Blancs de Blancs.
Or perhaps since it’s so damn cold outside you would like your drink to warm you up a bit. I have the perfect concoction for you: The Old Viking’s recipe for Glögg – Sweden’s traditional hot flavored spirit made from wine and aquavit mulled with dried fruit, nuts, and spices.
Another festive winter warmer that will fill you up as it loosens you up is eggnog. Here’s a recipe for the World’s Greatest Eggnog that I heard on NPR while driving to work this morning:
WORLD’S GREATEST EGGNOG
4 cups bourbon
2¼ cups sugar
12 large egg yolks
8 cups whipping cream
Pour bourbon into large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar and let sit several hours. Overnight, if you can wait. Beat egg yolks until they are an ugly yellow color. Fold them into the bourbon and sugar mixture. Let sit for two hours if you can wait. Whip the cream until very stiff, fold into the bourbon and egg mixture. Let sit for one hour if you can wait. Mixture may be cut in half if you are clever enough to know how to divide 2¼ by two! Serve in cups. Serves 20–30 people. Nutmeg not permitted! ENJOY.
So pick your favorite drink and raise a glass to the determined souls who stood up to the nuts in the temperance movement and successfully repealed one of the stupidest laws ever written.