This January, the Connecticut Historical Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Prohibition with a Bootlegger’s Bash featuring live jazz music, dancing, and, of course, cocktails! On Friday, January 17th from 7:00-9:00pm, come dressed in your best 1920s style, and you might win a prize for best costume. No 1920s party is complete without dancing, but don’t worry if you don’t know how to do the Charleston – we’re partnering with Hartford Underground Vintage Dance Group to provide tutorials in how to cut a rug like a flapper.
When national Prohibition went into effect in January 1920, it drove the alcohol industry largely underground. Distilled spirits were more profitable for bootleggers to produce than wine or beer, but the product was low-quality and tasted awful. Cocktails or mixed drinks soared in popularity because the mixers and sweeteners masked the flavor of bootleg booze. When Prohibition ended in 1933, manufacturers were quick to fill the needs of consumers who’d acquired a taste for mixed drinks and luxury barware.
At Bootlegger’s Bash you’ll have a chance to sample some of Connecticut’s finest home-grown spirits and liqueurs with Hartford Flavor Company, Litchfield Distillery, and Fifth State Distillery on hand to offer tastings. There will even be a pop-up exhibit of “flapper” dresses from their collection on display and live music provided by members of the New England Jazz Ensemble.
Advance tickets can be purchased here, or you can buy tickets at the door. HYPE members can purchase tickets at CHS members pricing! Simply click here to buy tickets or register at the door and use the speakeasy password “HYPEd to be here” to save $5 off tickets! This event is 21+. Contact Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger with any questions at (860) 236-5621 x289, or email Natalie_Belanger@chs.org.