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Tom McGuire carves ice into cubes by hand at Prohibition in Atlanta, Georgia

Tom McGuire carves ice into cubes by hand at Prohibition in Atlanta, Georgia

Don’t worry, you haven’t missed any big news lately, that nasty period in American history has NOT returned to the present. However, the elegance, charm and mystery of the era of Prohibition is alive an well in Atlanta, Georgia in a true speakeasy called “Prohibition.”

Unless you have a code, you may have difficulty getting in. The code is in the form a secret phone number which changes times to time. I can’t give you the phone number, but the address is 56 East Andrews Drive in Atlanta. Look for the larger complex it is hidden in marked “56 Cellar” or you might miss it.

The doors are locked so step up to the London style phone booth to make a call, and it opens into a gateway which becomes Prohibition. The ambiance and décor combined with the staff’s utmost attention to service, knowledge and refined classic bartending style make Prohibition unforgettable.

I’m visiting my friends from Four Roses Bourbon who are hosting a Bourbon tasting tonight at Prohibition. Just like, they are in town for the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2011.

My first pick for the evening is a Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon on well-crafted ice sphere that was freshly molded by the top level ice ball machine with a Macallan logo on the side of it (see simple video below that shows ice sphere being made and removed – shot from my camera phone).

I join Al Young and Karen Kushner of Four Roses who are doing a special tasting and Al is singing and selling copies of his book Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend.

London Phone BoothFrom it’s mixability with cocktails that Prohibition is serving up to drinking Four Roses straight and appreciating the 10 unique recipes of Four Roses, both Al and Karen are here to sharing the good word of this Bourbon.

I’m enjoying the company, the Bourbon and meeting some new friends behind the bar. Tom McGuire is one Prohibition bartender that tells me just to simply call him a “bartender” and not a “mixologist.” However, Tom is shaking me some of the finest creations I’ve had in a while ..thanks for the welcome to Atlanta! (all recipes included below)

The first is a classic cocktail recipe called “Stars Fell on Alabama” which has sometimes been made with white whiskies along with Absinthe. Tonight, Tom’s version includes Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. Next up on deck is Tom’ McGuire’s take on the Ramos Gin Fizz, introducing the “Ruby Red Fizz” with Plymouth Gin, grapefruit juice, orange flower water and a few other surprises. Finally, we cap the evening off with his Irish whiskey creation called “The Red Branch.”

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Stars Fell on Alabama

2 oz. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
2 dashes Peychaud’s Angostura bitters
2 dashes Orange Flower Water
3 barspoons Syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters


– Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir well
– Strain into a chilled rocks glass rinsed with Absinthe
– Add 1 large piece of lump ice
– Smile!

Ruby Red Fizz

1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
.5 oz Half and Half
1 oz. Aperol
1 dash Orange Flower Water
1 egg white
Soda Water


– In a shaker without ice, combine all ingredients (except soda) and shake vigorously
– Add ice to shaker and shake vigorously
– Strain into a chilled Collins glass and top with Soda
– Garnish with two straws

Irish Whiskey Cocktail RecipeThe Red Branch

1.5 oz. Irish Whisky
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz. Honey Syrup
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitter
2 dashes Angostura bitters


– Combine in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir well
– Strain over an ice sphere
– Garnish with a crown of raspberries

Al Young, Karen Kushner Four Roses Bourbon

(left to right: Karen Kushner, Tom Fischer, and Al Young


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