Seven Essential 1920s-Style Clear Spirits for Summer


Never have Americans been more glamorous than during the years between 1919 and 1933, when their sobriety was ordered by the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Edwardian proprieties and regard for the law of the land were cast off by people from every walk of life; and, fueled by hooch in all its glorious forms, the 1920s roared behind the high walls of private estates from the Hamptons to the Hollywood Hills, and behind the discreetly nondescript doors of speakeasies. Happily, many of the drinks this carefree generation imbibed are enjoying a revival, thanks to the talents of modern mixologists and the efforts of distillers, many of whom have begun to produce spirits in styles popular during the speakeasy era. Following is our selection of clear spirits of the Jazz Age, guaranteed to make your summer parties swing—and get your guests sozzled.