The Prohibition era is one of the most romanticized of 20th century America, but it actually wasn’t so easy to drink when it was illegal, logistically speaking. Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn’t Supposed To is a book from late last year that covers how the revolutionary drinkers of the Prohibition-era United States went about the business of getting drunk.
Contraband Cocktails outlines how the Prohibition speakeasy paved the way for the modern bar, how elected officials circumvented liquor laws, and much more. It also, naturally, includes dozens of recipes, so you can craft your own illegal beverages without having to worry about Eliot Ness breaking your door down.
You can get a copy of Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn’t Supposed To at Amazon right here. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use any of the lessons found inside, as long as alcohol stays nice and legal in the free world.