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.





cuisine American
difficulty Simple
makes 1 cocktail
season Year Round


  • 2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Pour tequila, elderflower liqueur, Chartreuse, and bitters into mixing glass.
  2. Fill about two-thirds full with ice cubes and stir for 40 revolutions.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon twist.