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1910 to 1920

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Robert Hess
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1910 to 1920

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December, 18th: The 18th Amendment, which would lead to prohibition, was proposed in the US Senate.


[Date Unknown]: Sometime during the year 1919, or perhaps early 1920, the "Negroni" cocktail was invented when Cammillo Luigi Manfredo Maria Negroni (reportedly a Count) asked Fosco Scarselli, barman at the Cafe Casoni to "fortify" his regular Americano with some gin. There is a letter from October 13, 1920 written to Count Camillo (at some point he dropped the second "m" in his name) from Frances Harper of Chelsea, London:

"You say you can drink, smoke, & I am sure laugh, just as much as ever. I feel you are not much to be pitied! You must not take more than 20 Negronis in one day!"

January 16th: The 18th Amendment is certified as ratified, and will go into effect in one year. Many states by this time had already instituted their own version of prohibition locally.

October 28th: The "Volstead Act" is passed by congress, overriding President Woodrow Wilson's veto. It establishes a definition of intoxicating liquor and provides enforcement of Prohibition.

Popular drinks during this time: 

  • [insert list of drinks here]


  • Luca Picchi, "Sulle tracce del conte. La vera storia del cocktail Negroni" (“On the Trail of the Count, The True Story of the Negroni Cocktail”), 2006

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