With Repeal Day right around the corner (Monday, December 5), it’s time to start thinking about raising a glass in honor of our federal right to indulge. Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment outlawing alcohol in the United States in 1919 and it wasn’t until December 5, 1933 when Franklin D. Roosevelt repealed Prohibition, later termed “Repeal Day.” Today, Repeal Day marks the revitalization of the craft distilling industry in the United States.
Here’s a look at some ways to raise a cocktail to your right to toast.
If you were lucky enough like us to score a bottle of Big Hapi (only 541 bottles were released), it’s time to crack it open. The mango-infused double IPA from Samuel Adams brewed in honor of Red Sox all-star David Ortiz, who retired from baseball this year, was brewed with more than five pounds of hops per barrel and dry-hopped with five American hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and infused with mango juice.
To kick off the holiday season festively, we recommend toasting Repeal Day with some seasonal beers by Samuel Adams. The malty Winter Lager is one of our favorites while the White Christmas is an unfiltered White Ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel. New this year are the Hopflake White IPA, a wheat IPA that has hints of honey and sweet lemon; and Ginger Beer, a lightly spiced brew with delicious hints of citrus. Finish the night off with a rich Chocolate Bock slow aged on a special bed of cocoa nibs which impart flavors of chocolate, honey and vanilla; or the Old Fezziwig Ale, also known as the Christmas cookie of beers, a full-bodied complex brown ale with flavors ranges from sweet toffee and dark caramel to chocolate and roasted malt notes.
Another great brew is Fuller’s Vintage Ale, a bottle-conditioned beer that has a deep amber color with hints of sherry and cognac. The unique complex flavor comes from both malts and hops and the aging process of up to 10 years. This beer has an ABV of 8.5%.
If you prefer a cocktail to celebrate the day, we recommend checking out Angry Orchard’s hard cider-infused cocktails. Here’s a recipe for a Hot & Angry that you can try at home:
* 4 oz Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple
* 1 oz Blanco Tequila
* 0.5 oz lime juice
* 0.5 oz pineapple juice
* 0.75 oz simple syrup
* 0.5 tsp Cholula hot sauce
Method: Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and cinnamon stick.
Nothing says celebration better than a bottle of sparkling wine. One of the first Italian sparkling rose wines to hit the US market is now here. Try Ruffino Sparkling Rosé, a delightfully fragrant and light wine with notes of strawberry and slight hints of rose petals. The bubbly wine also has flavors of red berries and white fruits for the perfect celebratory cheer.
Another great wine is Kim Crawford Wines’ limited edition Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect for the holidays, this festively decorated bottle comes complete with gold metallic detailing to match the holiday table.
Kellie Speed is a native Bostonian and a freelance writer/editor/copywriter with more than 20 years experience writing for a variety of local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Wicked Local, AOL's City's Best Boston, Upscale Living magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Mohegan Sun's Legends and Amtrak's Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot's travel site and also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing. She can be reached at email@example.com.