In the 1920s
Prohibition was the law, but ignoring it was the norm, especially in
New Orleans. While popular writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald invented
partygoers who danced from one cocktail to the next, real denizens of
the French Quarter imbibed their way across the city.
|Bringing to life the
fiction of flappers with tastes beyond bathtub gin, Shaking Up
Prohibition in New Orleans: Authentic Vintage Cocktails from A to Z
serves up recipes from the era of the speakeasy.
Originally assembled by
Olive Leonhardt and Hilda Phelps Hammond around 1929, this delightful
compendium applauds the city’s irrepressible love for cocktails
format of a classic alphabet book. Leonhardt, a noted artist,
illustrated each letter of the alphabet, while Hammond provided
cocktail recipes alongside tongue-in-cheek poems that jab at the
dubious scenario of a “dry” New Orleans. A cultural
snapshot of the
Crescent City’s resistance to Prohibition, this satirical, richly
illustrated book brings to life the spirit and spirits of a jazz city
in the Jazz Age.
Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans
Vintage Cocktails from A to Z
by Olive Leonhardt, et al
LSU Press, 2015