No inhibitions at Prohibition party at Mike A’s
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • December 03, 2012 @ 10:49am
On Wednesday, it will be exactly 79 years since the Prohibition Act was repealed, when drinking alcohol slipped from speakeasies back into a worthy part of the social fabric.
To celebrate—it seems like Buffalonians can find any reason to celebrate—the cocktail lounge across the hall from Mike A’s Steakhouse inside the Hotel at the Lafayette will host a Celebrate Repeal Day party at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free, and sommelier-mixologist Tony Rials will bring have his Prohibition A-game on hand.
As the Buffalo Spree article linked above notes, don’t let Rials’ quiet demeanor fool you—from meeting him over the summer and listening to him introduce his craft, it’s clear that Rials has a near-obsessive nature when it comes to perfecting drinks. His Americano pairing during the media tasting at Mike A’s Steakhouse was both unexpected and splendid, suggesting creativity and a very outside-the-box mind.
Stemming from the Prohibition Era theme, Rials and his staff will follow several 100-year-old cocktail recipes—such as this “Violet Fizz”—barrel-aged winter negroni and barrel-aged spiced apple rum will be available, and there may be an appearance by a few flappers, although that’s not confirmed. Guests are invited to dress in 30s attire as well, and if you need a few hints—here you go.
It may seem like an odd “freedom” to celebrate, and it’s a little hard to fathom a time when drinking was deemed illegal, but here’s a toast to those who were patient through those 13 years of Prohibition.