The Prohibition Era in the United States began in 1920 and lasted until 1933. The 18th Amendment, which banned the production, transportation, and sale of alcohol, was passed by Congress in 1917 and ratified in 1919.
The Prohibition Era
During the 1920s, the Prohibition era in the United States marked a time when the production, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages were banned. However, this did not eliminate the demand for alcohol; instead, it gave rise to an underground culture of speakeasies and the illicit production and distribution of spirits. Despite the ban, people still found ways to enjoy alcoholic beverages, and certain liquors gained popularity during this clandestine period.
1920’s Most Consumed Alcohol
While the consumption of alcohol was officially prohibited, the demand for spirits persisted, and creative solutions were found to keep the drinks flowing during this chapter in American history.
The 1920s saw the rise of cocktails that could mask the flavors of inferior or homemade spirits. Cocktails like the Sidecar, Mary Pickford, and Bee’s Knees became popular during this period.