Drinking in History

Drinking in History

Evolution of the Speakeasy, Barney Gallant’s “Speako de Luxe,” 1933 (Courtesy Museum of the City of New York)

Last night, the Museum of the City of New York hosted the first installment of their summer long prohibition-era themed parties on the newly renovated Polshek Partnership-designed terrace overlooking Central Park.Though not so secret, the Museum’s Speakeasy was complete with Roaring 20’s music and old-fashioned cocktails that were commonly seen on old New York City menus during Prohibition, including the Manhattan, the Bronx, and my personal favorite Planter’s Punch.

Recipe Courtesy City Room:

2 ounces dark rum

¼ ounce grenadine

Equal parts sour mix and either pineapple or orange juice to fill

Club soda (optional)

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Lemon or orange slice for garnish

The Speakeasy at 1220 Fifth will be open every Wednesday night from 6-9pm through August 26th. Admission is $12 ($10 for members) and includes one free drink and access to the Museum’s first floor galleries where you can view the Mannahatta/Manhattan exhibit. Be sure to stop by and tell them The Architect’s Newspaper sent you!