Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.—Will Rogers
During Prohibition, illicit nightclubs—speakeasies—were the drinking crucibles for those socially elite, ‘evil’ imbibers who enjoyed mingling around cocktails. Illegal, expensive, and a popular activity among pedigreed Americans, the underground blind pigs of the 1920s created an opportunity for New Yorker bartenders to become the world’s greatest mixologists. What has become known as the golden era of the cocktail was born out of necessity. Seeking to please movie stars, alcoholic writers, and wealth entrepreneurs with sub quality foul tasting bathtub gin and other suspicious forbidden spirits, Peaky Blinders style costumed mixologists rolled up their sleeves and summoned more than a wee bit of creativity. The iconic Sidecar, White Lady, Clover Club, French 75, and this Yellow Jacket Cocktail were creations of these baker boy capped and suspendered outlaws.