How to Host a Speakeasy-Inspired Party

By  October 15, 2009

While the repeal of prohibition was 75 years ago there is still something alluring and sexy about visiting a speakeasy, which is why speakeasy-esque bars have been gaining in popularity. As the days get shorter and colder, fall and winter present the perfect time to host friends over for a night in for a speakeasy-themed party.  Here are few simple suggestions to get you started:

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The Secret Entrance
During prohibition, party-goers had to sneak into their favorite establishments to elude police.  Re-create the mystery by sending your guests a “password” via email and have them use an entrance other than the front door.

Serve Prohibition Era Cocktails
Classic cocktails like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned have made their way back to the mainstream over the last few years and are the perfect addition to your Speakeasy party. Serve drinks in teacups and bottles of beer in paper bags.

Dress the Part
Classic styles are also making a comeback which will make it easy for guests to don prohibition-inspired attire. The ladies will be sexy in their flapper frocks and fringe and the gents will rock in dapper vests and button downs. For more inspiration check out movies like The Great Gatsby or Chicago.

Drinks to Serve

CC Reserve Manhattan
1 part Canadian Club Classic 12
1/3 part Sweet Vermouth
Dash Angostura bitters
Maraschino Cherry

Old Fashioned Cocktail
In a short wide-mouthed tumbler:
Place a lump of sugar, to which add as much Angostura Bitters as the lump will absorb.
Then dissolve the lump of sugar in a little water.
Nearly fill the tumbler with small ice cubes.
Add a wine-glass full of Canadian Club Classic 12 year.
Add a twisted lemon peel