The U.S. Congress voted the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, otherwise known as the Volstead Act, or the National Prohibition Act, into law on this day in 1919, but Prohibition proved to be an infamous failure.
The first documented breach of the new law occurred at 12.59am on 17 January 1920, just under an hour after it came into force, when armed men stole a massive quantity of allegedly "medicinal" whiskey from a train. Things went, pretty much, downhill from there, launching the careers of such celebrated gangsters as Al Capone.
Today's cocktail, the Easy Speak remembers the Speakeasies that followed the enactment of the Volstead Act. Or you may prefer a Rum Runner, which recalls all those bootleggers who kept running liquor illegally into the country and across its state borders.
The full story of the Volstead Act and Prohibition in the U.S. by Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown.