Food & Beverages 1920's / Ivy jasminne lopez

Prohibition Poppin' Bottles

Although Prohibition Act banned alcohol, people continued to drink but in secret. Bootleggers, who received that name for hiding alcohol in their boots, commonly provided gin and whiskey. Vineyards changed to selling grape juice which people used for home-brewed wine. 1920s is the time where people try to be sneaky!

To hide the strong taste of alcohol, cocktails became popular. Cocktails are mixed drinks. The liquor became a base and another ingredient was used to mask it.

An example is the popular drink Highball. It consists of whiskey, ice, and soda.
Ward 8 is another perfect example of a drink focused on covering alcohol. It consists of whiskey, grenadine, and orange juice.

Other Popular Drinks


Soda rose in popularity during the 1920s also due to Prohibition. With the closing of bars, soft drinks became a replacement. Vending machines and six-packs of soda were introduced.

Coca-Cola was one of the most popular drinks of the 1920s. They claim to have invited the six-pack!


Prohibition also had an impact on food. Foods that included alcohol as an ingredient were supplemented by extracts such as lemon and vanilla. Families, especially those who had an interest in pastas, secretly made wine in their basements.

Average Americans enjoyed sweet and exotic tastes. Popular foods were fruit cocktails, Jell-O molds, and pineapple upside-down cake.

Another major impact on the food? Electricity for refrigerators! Other aspects of the 1920s are the food prices being cheap, plentiful food, and many hours spent in kitchen to cook. Although, refrigerators did begin to contradict this idea on processed foods.

Canned foods bettered their reputation and they also received a spike in popularity.

One of the classics , truly beautiful.

Chinese and Italian food also gained popularity.

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