Canadian Club whisky and soda is a classic Canadian cocktail, going back before the Prohibition era in the United States.
Having been around for over 150 years, the Canadian distillery and whisky maker, Canadian Club, has played an important part in North American history. Not only has whisky been a staple in liquor cabinets for generations and been the basis of many classic cocktails, but Canadian Club is said to have a dark history during the American prohibition era.
Through the roaring 20’s and into the depression, the United States government believed a more orderly society with less crime could be achieved through the ban of making, transporting, and sale of liquor. Lasting from 1920 right through 1933, the Prohibition era was not popular with most Americans, especially amongst law-abiding citizens who considered the law unfair.
While some people ventured down the path of fashioning homemade stills, often with poor results. At the time of the American prohibition, liquor making and sales was completely legal. In the beginning, adventure-seekers near the Canada-US boarder began a profitable business bootlegging.
It wasn’t long until the mafia got involved. Located just across the boarder from Detroit was the Canadian Club distillery, which quickly became a favourite supplier of Chicago’s most notorious ganger’s, Al Capone.
An estimated 20,000 cases of Canadian Club Whisky were smuggled into the United Sates every month throughout the Prohibition ear. A $7 case of whisky easily translated into 10 times the price once sold on the black market.
When the Prohibition era came to an end in 1933, the liquor industry in the United States returned. In Canada, Canadian Club continued to produce top quality whisky. Now in business for over 150 years, Canadian Club has become on of Canada’s flagship brands, recognized and respected around the world.
Take a step back in time to the Prohibition era with a Real McCoy, a simple cocktail that adds a punch of fizz without covering up the flavour of the whisky.
- 1.5 oz Canadian Club 12 Year Old Whisky
- 2 oz Club Soda
Fill an Old Fashioned glass with fresh, clean ice. Pour in whisky and top with club soda. Stir. Garnish with maraschino cherries.
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