Thursday, June 20, 2013

Durham County Library Presents a History of Prohibition Cocktails

Everyone knows that prohibition didn't work out too well. From smugglers to bootleggers to speakeasies, people found a way to enjoy their drink of choice. But what exactly did they drink?

Durham County Library will present "A History of Prohibition Cocktails" on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The event is free and open to the public.

Durham County Library will host Scott Richie, former co-owner of Whiskey and multiple winner of the Independent Weekly’s Best Bartender award, for a program on the cocktails of the Prohibition era. Richie will take participants back to the roaring 20s, the era of Al Capone and speakeasies and discuss drinks like the Mary Pickford, the sidecar and the French 75. During Prohibition, bartenders had to get creative because the alcohol was of varied quality and often in limited quantity. Richie will discuss some of the era’s notable concoctions, as well as modern cocktails that were influenced by them. The program will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact John W. Davis at 919-560-0125.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

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