Today is the anniversary of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment and ended prohibition.
The 1920s and the prohibition era were a time of unbridled enthusiasm and secret parties, and the Speakeasy was the hush-hush place to go for dancing and socializing. In those days, one needed to walk down a dark alley, knock on a nondescript door, share a password, and descend into cellars filled with the boisterous energy of those looking to imbibe on a cocktail.
This winter, The West Shore Cafe returns you to the rambunctious ’20s with Speakeasy Fridays every Friday from 5-10 p.m., beginning January 4. To set the tone, Speakeasy Nights will feature live music, 1920s-styled attire, and a newly created cocktail menu that revives the classic art of handcrafted cocktails.
To prepare the new menu, we sought the expertise of Trevor Easter, former manager of San Francisco-based speakeasy Bourbon & Branch and the critically-acclaimed bourbon hot-spot Rickhouse. Seen here during yesterday’s training, Trevor calls himself a “neo-classical” when it comes to crafting cocktails, and shared his award-winning techniques for crafting the Manhattan, Martini, and Old-Fashioned families of cocktails.
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Can you smell the Juniper Berries in this classic gin?
Join us every Friday for this special experience of music, social mischief, and curated cocktails from a bygone era. Break out your Glad Rags for an evening of dancing and revelry, and relive Prohibition… Tahoe style. Just don’t forget the password;)
For more event, lodging, and dining information, visit the West Shore Cafe & Inn online at www.westshorecafe.com