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Bourbon bash: Flappers and gents get jazzy at Repeal Day Party

Bourbon bash: Flappers and gents get jazzy at Repeal Day Party

Old Forester Repeal Day
Coco Jennings, Isabel Velez, Liz Perez and Hannah Rojas Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Tianna Hall of the Houston Jazz Band performs at the Repeal Day celebration. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Carla Espinoza and Christine Voutsinas. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Bartender Cesar Marroquin with a bottle of Old Forester. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
The party at Beaver's featured plenty of samples of Old Forester. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Donna Inners, Michael Mikula, and Kate Grover. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Juju Arab and Karoline Kremers. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Lloyd Lewis, Chastity Smith, Kendra Mills, and Dominique McGhee. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Laura Beavers, Jess Prescott and Brooke Dowdy. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Repeal Day revelers warm up by the fire. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
David Lassetter and Madison Martin. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Angie Manes, Danielle Peckham, and Mariam Said. Photo by Dave Rossman
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day
Old Forester Repeal Day

Unless you’re a firm teetotaler — or a NASCAR fan — it’s fair to say that Prohibition, as a whole, wasn’t great for most Americans.

 

Example: It’s an old-fashioned mindset, but at one time, enjoying a spirit required a prescription from your doctor — creating arguably the weirdest insurance copay situation, ever. Thankfully for those of us who enjoy our booze, Prohibition was officially repealed 84 years ago this month.

Speaking of old-fashioned, a pretty ingenious take on the beloved Bourbon beverage was on hand at the recent Repeal Prohibition Party, at Beaver’s. Dapper folks braved the chill (and were warmed by a very cool fire pit) to chill at the jazzy, 1920s-themed party — hosted by Old Forester — to celebrate the end of Prohibition.  

Flappers and gents sipped body-warming cocktails such as the standout Repeal Day Old Fashioned, featuring homemade masala chai brewed by CultureMap Cocktail Chronicles star Carla Espinoza, and steeped with orange and orange bitters. Bourbon cocktails mixed with St. Georges Spirits Spiced Pear Liqueur offered a wassail vibe. And bartender Cesar Marroquin served up whiskey flights for those really wanting to celebrate. Plump pretzels and bourbon wings from chef Arash Karat kept folks filled as they warmed themselves to the tunes of Tianna Hall & The Houston Jazz Band.

“I tell my people to take this day very seriously,” says Espinoza of the historic ruling. “Every one of us is employed today, thanks to the repeal of Prohibition.”

We’ll drink to that.

The stylish crowd included Pedro Berrueco, Coco Jennings, Isabel Velez, Liz Perez and Hannah Rojas, Christine Voutsinas, Donna Inners, Michael MikulaKate Grover, Lloyd Lewis, Chastity Smith, Kendra Mills, Dominique McGheeArden Ward, Laura Beavers, Jess Prescott, and Brooke Dowdy.