For most of us, forbidden booze was just a fake ID or parental liquor cabinet away.
But for anyone living in the United States during the 1920s — when alcoholic drinks were illegal for everyone — it took a little bit more creativity (and a shot of danger) to catch a decent buzz.
In Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin, locals Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough uncover the history of "wild men and wilder women" and the infamous saloons and dance halls where they kept the party going.
Together with modern day bartending legends, including Tyler Lott (lead bartender, Asador), Jason Kosmas (the Austin-bound co-founder of The 86 Co. Noise and Spirits), and Michael Martensen (co-owner and head barman at The Cedars Social), they reveal the ways in which history continues to shake up modern mixology and the cocktails you enjoy today.
Beyond the fascinating stories and old-timey photos, there are several classic recipes to help you create your own backyard speakeasy.
Just don't forget to share the secret knock.
Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin
by Rita Cook & Jeffrey Yarbrough
Price: $15 paperback, $10 Kindle here.
Photo courtesy Kevin Marple