So, i’m having to take a rather lenghty “Bar Smarts” bartending wealth of information test for work. Duty calls. In order to keep badass bartending gigs in Los Angeles, California, you have to do what you gotta do. (have i told you how amazing my job is? I really lucked out. If you don’t live in the Greater West Hollywood area, than you must check it out here.) At first thought, this was a total Sunday night buzzkill and procrastinator me waited until the last minute, however it is in my best interest to read up on the historical info of my craft and really, i can stand to be a better “mixologist”.
Just thought i’d share some of this knowledge with ya before i FORGET it. and really, these are the 3 most distinctive tidbits that i found rather interesting.
Q: did you know that before the era of prohibition, women were not allowed into bars?
Apparently, during prohibition all of these struggling saloons and speakeasies became less picky on who to allow in their bars, and couldn’t afford to be choosy. This of course, being right smack dab in the middle of the women’s suffrage movement too.
Funny how things have changed. This concept has come a long way especially as a female living in Hollywood, where a woman’s presence is usually cherished at the front of the line of a hip-hoppin’ nightclub and the males are so rapidly turned away. Somewhat of a “modern-day prohibition” effect in opposition, wouldn’t ya say?
Q: did you also know that Vodka wasn’t even a regarded spirit in America and didnt make it’s real debut until after Pearl Harbor?
That’s a pretty interesting fun fact considering a.) Vodka is understandably the single most widely popular liquor here in the US and b.) i work at a “Vodka Bar” – a little ol’ place that until the 1940′s would have never existed. The Moscow Mule, in fact, was one of the specific cocktails that helped hurl this spirit into American consciousness. Something I know that my dear sweet best friend (who is reading this…*wink*) will appreciate, being that the Moscow Mule is her DOC (drink o’ choice) and ironically, the Moscow Mule is also the drink especial de Bar Lubitsch. (this place houses over 200+ vodkas from all over the world, my friends)
Last thing, Aristotle played an interesting part in the history of alcohol. He believed that drinking a beer or a glass of wine put “spirits” into the body, and thus the word “spirit” in reference to what we know alcohol as. Oh that wise ol’ Aristotle.
Hope you all have a very interesting and inquisitive week! xo