“The war on alcohol and the war on drugs were symbiotic campaigns,” says Harvard historian Lisa McGirr, author of The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State. “Those two campaigns emerged together, [and] they had the same shared…logic. Many of the same individuals were involved in both campaigns.”
Did alcohol prohibition of the 1920s ever really come to an end, or did it just metastasize into something far more destructive and difficult to abolish—what we casually refer to as “the war on drugs?” McGirr argues that our national ban on booze routed around its own repeal via the 21st Amendment. Ultimately, Prohibition transformed into a worldwide campaign against the drug trade
The ties between drug and alcohol prohibition run deep. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) was established in 1930, only three years prior to Prohibition’s repeal. The FBN employed many of the same officials as the Federal Bureau of Prohibition. And both shared institutional spaces as independent entities within the U.S. Treasury Department. “In some ways,” observes McGirr, “the war never ended.”
“Visiting the bar will generate the same sort of awe and wonder we have all experienced when gazing up at the night’s sky. Imagine Disney meets De Sade in Barbarella’s castle by way of Medieval Times with flagons of ale.”
Lucy Shaw reports: Food and drink alchemists Bompas & Parr have launched the world’s first breathable cocktail bar in London’s Borough Market. Dubbed “Alcoholic Architecture”, the bar on Cathedral Street features a breathable cocktail cloud that guests can wander through and gulp up.
The immersive experience sees spirits and mixers turned into a cloud of alcohol with the help of humidifiers creating an environment of 140% humidity.
“When atomised, what we normally think of as drink becomes an immersive, habitable environment – a diffuse form of architecture.”
Visitors are asked to don protective suits and breath in the cocktail vapour, with the alcohol entering the bloodstream through the lungs and eyeballs rather than the liver.
“We’re going for maximal intensity of cocktail experience. With every breath you take, you notice a fresh botanical or flavour in the spirit that can be hard to discern in a regular drink.”
“The installation draws inspiration from Borough Market’s produce, medieval history and weather to create a sci-fi fantasy where meteorology and mixology collide,” said Sam Bompas, who believes the humidity enhances flavour perception.
“The installation draws inspiration from Borough Market’s produce, history and weather to create a sci-fi fantasy where meteorology and mixology collide.”
“Visiting the bar will generate the same sort of awe and wonder we have all experienced when gazing up at the night’s sky. Imagine Disney meets De Sade in Barbarella’s castle by way of Medieval Times with flagons of ale,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »
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