Bars team up with Old Forester to mark Prohibition Repeal Day

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Bars around the UK are celebrating the anniversary of the repeal of US Prohibition in a campaign run for Old Forester bourbon.

A “Repeal Day” party is being held at new cocktail bar High Water in Dalston, London, on Tuesday, December 2, alongside a competition for bartenders from around the UK.

Other bars across England will be running special menus to tie in with Repeal Day itself which is on Friday December 5 – the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the US constitutional amendment that ended Prohibition.

On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the bars will offer a Whiskey Smash, a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned and a house cocktail with Old Forester. Bars and drinkers are being encouraged to use the hashtag #Repealday on Twitter to support the activity.

Participating bars include Berry & Rye and Salt Dog Slim’s in Liverpool, Boilermaker in Nottingham, Smokestack and Manahatta in Leeds, Manhattan 34 in Leicester and Milk & Honey and Southsider Cocktail Club in London. The Nightjar in London is creating its own Old Forester menu.

High Water will host “The Original Hipster” competition on December 2, where bartenders will create twists on the bourbon-based classics that were made famous by The Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky, in the late 19th century.

There will be 13 bartenders, representing the number of years that Prohibition ran from 1920. The top prize includes a glass bottle-blowing course, inspired by Old Forester being the first-ever commercially bottled bourbon.

The winner will also receive a limited-edition bottle not available in the UK. Runners-up will take home an antique decanter and a special-edition bottle of Old Forester.

Like other participating bars, High Water will also offer a special menu of four Old Forester drinks, presented in a 1920s-style two-page newspaper format (pictured).

Dating back to 1870, Old Forester is the oldest bourbon brand in continuous production as it was one of only 10 authorised to be made legally through a medicinal licence. It is twice distilled and made from a grain recipe of corn, rye and malted barley.

The Old Forester Whiskey Smash
50ml Old Forester Bourbon Whiskey
20ml Fresh lemon juice
2 barspoons of caster sugar
6 mint leaves
Shake all the ingredients with cubed ice vigorously until the tin turns frosty. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge. For a twist, add seasonal fruits such as raspberries or cherries, or tinned fruits such as peaches and pineapple to the recipe.

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