In a semi-regular segment entitled Liquor In The ______, I’m going to write to you about all the different ways you can liquor. I recognize that it’s weird, especially for those of you who have actually had a drink with me, because I am what the frat boys would call a “two-beer queer” (what I would call a “no-beer queer,” as I’m gay all the live long day). But I get drunk very easily, is the point. Still, I really really like beer, wine and liquor and want to share that love for the artistry of alcohol with you all, my favorite queers. Let’s lift a pint to alcohol and our Autostraddle community – they go together like wine and soft cheese.
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What repeal am I talking about? The Repeal of the 18th Amendment, of course! The 18th Amendment was the harbinger of a very dark time in US history: Prohibition.
That there is a picture of all the liquor being poured out the window of an illegal Chicago distillery. Just FYI. Now also, don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming that Prohibition was a dark time in history because we couldn’t drink. I’m claiming that because of what it caused and what it represented. What it caused: corrupt government, a shadow economy big enough to compete with the legit one, thousands of health-related issues and deaths due to poisoning. What it represented: hella flawed logic, a real case of government overreach, the end of a lot of craft and tradition. If you’re not familiar with the history of the Temperance Movement and Prohibition, here’s the beloved and esteemed Rachel Maddow talking about it (and also giving out some related life advice):
I’ve already told you why exactly I love the art of making drinks – the history and craft behind it (and maybe also to either be best friends with or become Rachel Maddow). And I’ve already shared a lot of my favorite drink recipes with you (and I will continue to do so!).
But today, my liquor-loving queermos, today it is your turn. Today, I am asking you, as an 80th Anniversary present to the art of liquor, to share your favorite drinks in the comments. Pictures appreciated.