names for pubs, bars, saloons and clubs are; Filthy McNasty's,
Slug And Lettuce, Snooty Fox, Fox and Hound, Fuzz & Firkin,
The Ritz, Whiskey A Go-Go, Stork Club, Club Gallant, Le Freak,
Studio 54, The Tiki Lounge, Electric Cowboy, The Rainbow Room,
Cabaret, VooDoo Lounge, and The Limelight.
Drinking words heard are; lit, high, party animal, three sheets
to the wind, tipsy, slave to drink, aboard, blown away, done,
gone, liquored up, bashed, buzzed, acting like a fool, baked,
blasted, bombed, blitzed, bonkers, canned, creamed, crocked, shitfaced,
fried, hammered, stoned, toasted, double vision, and wasted.
1900 Jell-O hits the market with four flavors;
orange, lemon, strawberry, and raspberry.
1900 The Combo cork screw/bottle opener is introduced.
1900 It’s said that the first Cuba Libre
was served in a Cuban bar.
Judge Roy Bean held court in a Texas building that was half
courthouse and half saloon.
Gambling is often seen in saloons. This is a photo of a Orient
Saloon in Bisbee, Arizona.
1901 Sale of beer to English children under 14
1901 Prohibition for Prince
Edward Island begins.
1901 Budweiser breaks the million-barrel mark
sold in one year.
1902 Neon light is patented.
1902 English police are given power to arrest
anyone found drunk in the streets or any public place.
1903 Budweiser begins capping bottles.
1904 The Ministry of Finance in Japan creates
an official Sake Research center.
1904 Bacardi wins a medal at World’s
Fair in St. Louis.
1905 Jean Lanfray is very intoxicated on many
types of alcohol, with Absinthe being one, and murders his wife.
His trial became known as the Absinthe Murder.
1906 The Pure Food and Drug Act, which
regulates the labeling of products containing Alcohol, Opiates,
Cocaine, and Cannabis is passed.
1906 A-1 sauce is introduced.
1906 The bouillon cube is marketed.
1907 Mississippi becomes the first state to make
1907 Absinthe is banned in Switzerland.
1907 Canada Dry is established.
1908 The Champagne
Riots begin; The Champagne region of France wants to have
the only label that can say Champagne on the bottle with all others
saying sparkling wine.
1908 English law prohibits giving children under
the age of 5 intoxicants except in an emergency or orders from
1909 The English Simon Family buys Courvoisier.
1909 Absinthe is banned in The Netherlands.
1909 Most American saloons are owned by breweries.
1909 American saloons open at 5am, barkeeps make
from ten to fifteen dollars a week, and Sundays are the busiest
day of the week.
1909 Teddy Roosevelt takes 500 gallons of beer
on safari in Africa.
1909 Johnnie Walker Black and Johnnie Walker
Red debut replacing Very special Old Highland Whisky and extra
special Old Highland Whisky.
First in-flight cocktails are served to paying passengers
on scheduled airliner on the Zeppelin flying over Germany.
J&B blended Scotch whisky is introduced.
1910 Prohibition for Canberra, Australia begins.
1910 Mount Gay Eclipse Rum from Barbados is named
after an eclipse of the same year.
Britain’s first cocktail bar, the Criterion
in Piccadilly Circus opens.
1910 Bacardi opens a facility in Barcelona, Spain.
1911 Dewar’s Blue Label is introduced.
1911 Jack Daniel dies and leaves his distillery
to his nephew Lem Motlow.
1911 The world’s first mechanical neon
sign is displayed on the Thames embankment and advertises Dewar’s
Blue Label Scotch.
1912 Absinthe is banned in America.
1912 Georges Monin establishes Monin syrups in
1913 The pink giraffe is replaced by the pink
1914 The House votes 197 for prohibition and
1914 Prohibition for Russia begins.
1914 The U.S. Navy abolishes the daily ration
of rum to sailors.
Absinthe is banned in France.
1915 Prohibition for alcohol in Iceland begins.
1916 Prohibition for Norway begins.
1916 Prohibition for Alberta and Saskatchewan,
1919 Prohibition for Quebec, Canada begins..
1917 The 18th Amendment (prohibition amendment)
is adopted by the required majority of both houses of Congress.
1917 The U.S. Legislature passes the Bone-Dry
Bill prohibiting possession of liquor, ending direct shipments
to consumers from out-of-state suppliers.
1919 The 18th Amendment to the Constitution is
ratified by the 36th state, meeting the 3/4 of the requirement.
1919 The Volstead Act is passed by Congress
over President Wilson's veto. This clarifies and broadens the
base of the 18th Amendment, and defines methods of enforcement.
It specifies that production and sales of alcoholic beverages
is illegal except for medical or religious purposes.
1919 Prohibition for Quebec, Canada ends.
1920 Happy Hour is navy slang for the
scheduled period of entertainment on-ship.
1920 The first literary mention of the Daiquiri
was in This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
1920 Prohibition starts for the U.S. on January
16 at one minute past midnight.
1920 Vladimir Smirnov flees Moscow and re-establishes
the Smirnov factory in Istanbul due to the October Revolution.
1920 Americans flock to Havana, Cuba and drink
Cuba Libre's, Milk Punch, and Daiquiri's.
1920 Ernest H. Wiegand develops a preserving
method for maraschino cherries using brine instead of alcohol.
95,933 home brewing stills are seized.
1921 The Bloody
Mary is invented at Harry’s
Bar in Paris by Fernand Petiot.
1922 The electric blender is invented.
1922 Prohibition for alcohol in Iceland ends.
1923 Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky is established.
1923 2.9 million gallons of wine is consumed
for religious services in America.
1924 4000 Americans die from bad homemade alcohol.
Vladimir Smirnov moves Smirnov to Lwow, Poland and changes
the name of the vodka to the French spelling Smirnoff.
1924 Prohibition for Alberta and Saskatchewan,
1924 Jim Beam sells his distillery for $10,000
to Will Styles.
1925 Will Styles gives Jim Beam his distillery
back after using it to sell whiskey across the border.
1925 A second Smirnoff factory is built in Paris.
1925 The wall mounted bottle opener is introduced.
1925 Dry Ice is invented.
1925 The first paper napkin comes on the market.
1925 Prohibition for Russia ends.
1926 The cigarette vending machine is introduced.
1927 Prohibition for Norway ends.
1927 Doctors order 1.8 million gallons of medicinal
1927 A gold-plated bar set is auctioned by the
Manhattan Emporium for $4000.
1927 The International Silver Co. of Meriden,
CT offer cocktail shakers in the form of a Golf Bag, and Lighthouse.
Production ceases with the market crash of 1929 because few can
now afford such luxuries.
1928 Red Stripe Beer is introduced from Jamaica.
1928 Prohibition for Canberra, Australia ends.
1928 In NYC department stores, 35 styles of cocktail
glasses, 14 styles of shakers, and 18 styles of flasks are found.
1929 7up is introduced.
1930 An improved double lever corkscrew is invented.
1930 282,122 home brewing stills are seized.
1931 Alka-Selzer is marketed.
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected President
of the U.S. on a pledge to end National Prohibition.
1932 Johnnie Walker introduces Swing blended
1932 The Zippo lighter is marketed.
1932 Facundito Bacardi dies and 40,000 people
attend his funeral.
1933 Prohibition ends for the U.S. on December
5th at 3:32 pm.
1933 Donn the Beachcomber opens a tiki bar in
Hollywood and invents the Zombie.
Vic opens a bar called Hinky Dinks in San Francisco
and later invents the Mai Tai.
1933 Pat O’Brien from New Orleans moves
his speakeasy, that was called Mr. O’Brien’s Club
Tipperary, 600 blocks to 718 St. Peter’s Street and names
his new bar, Pat
Lone Star Beer from Texas is introduced.
1933 Anheuser –Busch introduces their Clydesdale
1933 De Kuyper opens a plant in America.
1933 Harry Craddock publishes the Savoy Drink
1934 Vladimir Smirnov sells Smirnoff to Rudolph
1934 Jay Sindler invents the swizzle
1934 The first Thin Man movie starring William
Powell demonstrates his theory of shaking cocktails to the bartender
of the Normandy Hotel Bar; important thing is the rhythm,
always have rhythm in your shaking.
1934 American drinking, purchase, and possession
of alcohol is set at 21 years old.
1935 Jägermeister is introduced from Germany
and means master of the hunt.
1935 Only 160 American breweries survive prohibition.
1935 All bottled liquor sold in America is required
to have the statement, FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF
THIS BOTTLE embossed in the glass.
Krueger cream ale is the first canned beer.
1935 The Vaughan Novelty Company introduces the
one-piece bottle opener/can top pierce combination.
1935 Realemon lemon juice is introduced.
1936 The Bacardi Cocktail is the first
and only cocktail to date to win a court case making it illegal
to serve this cocktail without using Bacardi rum.
1936 Pennsylvania taxes wine, beer and spirits
calling it the Jamestown Flood Tax because of the devastating
flood of that year. As of 2006 it collects $160 million a year.
The Revere Company issues a chrome cocktail serving set by
famed designer Norman Bel Geddes priced at a Depression
Era low cost of $15. One of these mass produced sets breaks
all auctions records in 2001 at the Phillips Auction in NYC
and sells for twelve thousand dollars.
1937 The drinking age in America is lowered to
18 years old.
1937 The National Alcohol Beverage Control
Association is formed.
1938 Elise Miller John from Miller brewing company
is the first woman to run a major brewing company.
1938 The latex condom is introduced.
1938 The Jack Daniel’s distillery is rebuilt
on it’s original location in Tennessee.
1938 American writer, H. L. Mencken announces
that 17,864,392,788 different cocktails can be made from the ingredients
in a well-stocked bar.
1939 Crown Royal is created for Queen Elizabeth’s
visit to Canada.
1939 The Smirnoff license was sold for $14,000
to Heublein because it can not be successfully marketed.
1940 Thomas McCarthy brings a private supply
of whiskey to share with friends on an annual wild turkey hunt
and Wild Turkey Bourbon is born.
1940 For their Best in Modern Design show, The
Museum of Modern Art, chooses a Hawks Martini Pitcher along with
a three piece glass Heisey cocktail shaker.
1940 The black and gold ribbon is added to the
Seagram’s V.O. bottle. The colors represent the Seagram
families racing stable colors.
The Andrew Sisters release the popular song, Rum and Coca-Cola.
1941 To keep London’s warehoused whiskey
from the Germans, the British shipped it to Jamaica.
1944 Vic Trader creates the Mai Tai
in Oakland, CA.
1945 Chiquita Bananas are introduced.
1945 The ballpoint pen is invented.
1946 The cocktail, Moscow Mule, is credited
for introducing Smirnoff vodka to America. It was invented by
Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock N’ Bull restaurant in Hollywood
and John Martin, owner of Smirnoff. John Martin took his vodka,
copper mugs and the new Polaroid camera and traveled to all the
cool and hip bars in America.
1946 H L Mencken finds forty supposed etymologies
for the word cocktail.
1946 Minute Maid launches frozen orange juice
The Rat pack headed by Frank Sinatra forms and glamorizes
cocktails by holding them on stage and TV performances.
1948 Prohibition for Prince Edward Island is
The Bellini is created in Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy
and named after 15th century painter named Bellini.
Kansas finally repeals prohibition.
1948 The Margarita becomes the official drink
1948 A small group of California bartenders who
were overseas members of the United Kingdom Bartenders’
Guild start a California branch of that organization in the Los
1949 The drinking age in America is set at 21
for liquor and 18 for cereal malt beverages.
1949 Applicants for retail liquor store licenses
have to answer 44 questions about their lives.
1950 Anheuser-Busch is the first to sponsor a
1950 The Screwdriver becomes the hip drink.
1950 America buys forty thousand cases of vodka.
1950 Bing Crosby imports the first 100% blue
agave, (Herradurra) tequila to America.
1950 The Bic pen is introduced.
1951 Diner’s Club is the first credit card.
The International Bartenders Association (IBA) is
1952 Margie Samuels designs the famous red wax
Maker’s Mark bottle.
1953 Chivas Regal Royal Salute is introduced.
Delaplane brings the Irish Coffee to the Buena
Vista Cafe in San Francisco.
1953 Ian Fleming writes about a fictional character
named James Bond. In chapter seven, Bond orders a Dry Martini
served in a deep champagne goblet with three measures of Gordon's
gin, and one of Gordon’s vodka, half a measure of Lillet
dry vermouth then shook very well until ice-cold, and a garnish
of lemon peel. This is the first reference to combining both
vodka and gin in a Martini.
1954 Fee Brothers Orange Bitters is introduced.
1954 Smirnoff is the #1 vodka.
1954 America buys 1 1/2 million cases of vodka
1955 America buys 4 1/2 million cases of vodka.
1956 Rhode Island bans the advertising of liquor
1956 Gilbey’s vodka is introduced.
1956 Brown –Forman buys Jack Daniel’s.
1957 Aluminum cans are invented, replacing steel
1957 Oklahoma finally repeals prohibition.
1957 Rose’s and Schweppes merge.
The Piña Colada becomes Puerto Rico’s official
drink by winning a global award.
1957 Bartender, Harry Lee invents the Blue Hawaiian
1958 Maker’s Mark is introduced.
1958 Presidente Mexican brandy is Mexico’s
1959 The first pop-top can is made.
1959 Coors is the first beer to be packaged in
lightweight aluminum cans, which probably made it the first beer
can to be crushed on a forehead.
1959 DYC (dick) is the first whiskey to be produced
1959 The term Happy Hour is mentioned in a Saturday
Evening Post article on military life.
1960 Happy Hour becomes a common term.
first Playboy Club opens at 116 East Walton in Chicago
and becomes the busiest bar in the world, often serving 1400
guests a day. Cocktails cost $1.50.
1960 A plastic lined bottle cap replaces the
cork lined crown bottle cap.
1961 Michelob is introduced.
1961 The Los Angeles Bartender’s Guild
is large enough to form an independent organization.
1962 The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, shows
Sean Connery ordering Vodka Martinis shaken not stirred and it
jumpstarts the sale of vodka in America.
1962 Alcoa invents the pull-ring tab.
1962 Kahlua is introduced in America.
1963 The Schlitz Brewing company introduces the
1963 The stainless steel beer keg is introduced.
1963 Guinness opens the first brewery in South
1964 The embossed statement, FEDERAL LAW
FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE, from liquor bottles
1964 Congress declares Bourbon to be the official
native spirit of America and that it’s restricted to U.S.
Buffalo wings are invented at the Anchor
Bar in Buffalo, NY.
1964 Harold Borgman invents Cold Duck American
Stillman opens the first American casual dining bar &
Friday’s, in New York City. It focuses on American cuisine,
bar food, and alcoholic beverages and becomes the meeting place
for singles. Hundreds of imitative bar & grills begin to open.
An industry is born.
1965 During the summer water shortage in New
York City, Seagram’s collaborates with Tiffany’s jewelry
store window designer, Gene
Moore by filling two water fountains with gin and $203,000
worth of jewelry in store display windows. The fountains used
a case of gin a day to maintain proper liquid levels.
1965 Crown Royal is introduced to America.
1965 American Legislature passes the Private
Club Act letting the Alcoholic Beverage Control regulate
liquor in private clubs. Ten days after a $10 membership fee is
paid the patron can patronize the club.
Mississippi is the last state to repeal prohibition.
India's ambassador, B.N. Chakravarty says: Americans are a funny
lot. They drink whiskey to keep warm; then they put some ice in
to make it cool. They put sugar in to make it sweet, and then
they put a slice of lemon in it to make it sour. Then they say,
Here's to you and drink it themselves.
1966 Budweiser is the first brand to sell 10
million barrels a year.
1967 The California Bartenders Guild wins the
World Championship title.
1967 Vodka out sells gin in America.
1967 Lyndon B. Johnson presents Soviet leader
Alexei Kozygin with a case of Laird’s applejack at the Summit
in Glassboro, NJ.
1968 Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo is introduced.
Johnny Carson is in an ad for Smirnoff and Fresca.
Britain’s Royal Navy abolishes the tradition of a daily
ration of rum. The day is referred to as Black Tot Day.
1970 Finlandia vodka from Finland is introduced
1971 A magnetic strip is added to credit cards.
1972 The stay on can tab is introduced.
1972 The Long Island Iced Tea becomes a popular
1973 T.G.I. Friday’s opens a store in Dallas and takes the
city by storm. Within a week, police have to ring the bar &
grill with barricades to handle the nightly hordes of singles.
1973 South Carolina bars are required to use
miniature liquor bottles.
1974 Ireland introduces Baileys Irish Cream.
1974 Wild Turkey 80 proof is introduced.
1974 Sam Hurst’s touch screen technology
hits the market.
1974 Miller Lite Beer becomes the first light
1975 Herradura introduces Herradura Blannnco
1976 Scotland can sell alcohol on Sunday and
1976 For the first time, America wins a wine
competition in Paris.
Wild Turkey liqueur with honey is produced.
1976 Vodka out sells whiskey in America.
1976 Jimmy Carter condemns the 3-Martini Lunch
in his campaign for President.
1977 Rebuttal from Former House Speaker Jim Wright;
If the Lord hadn't intended to have a three martini lunch,
then why do you suppose he put all those olive trees in the Holy
1977 White House goes for four years dry under
President Carter; No cocktails, no hard liquor, only wine &
Albion, NY starts the rebirth of microbreweries in America.
1977 Blush wines appear on the market.
Labatt introduces the first light Canadian beer.
1977 Only members of non-Muslim minorities such
as Hindus, Christians, and Zoroastrians and are allowed to apply
for alcohol permits.
1978 US President Jimmy Carter signs bill legalizing
home brewing of beer for the first time since Prohibition.
Melon Liqueur from Japan is introduced.
1978 America has 89 breweries and 25 national
A poster of John
Belushi drinking from a Jack Daniel’s bottle is
popular among college students.
1979 Absolut vodka is introduced to America from
1979 Prohibition begins in Iran.
1979 Rubert Holmes releases the Piña Colada
Song (Escape) and bartenders across America secretly curse him.
1979 Private American clubs are allowed to sell
liquor-by-the-drink to their members and members guests, as long
as half of the clubs revenue comes from food sales.
1979 Charles Tobias obtains the rights to resurrect
British Navy Pusser’s Rum on Tortola in the British Virgin
1979 The American Bartender Magazine is first
1980 British Navy Pusser’s Rum is introduced.
1980 Happy Hour becomes an after work ritual.
1980 Austin Nichols is sold to the Pernod Ricard
1980 Candy Lightner founds Mothers Against Drunk
Drivers (MADD) when a drunk driver kills Cari, her 13-year-old
The very first Absolut ad is called Absolut Perfection.
1980 Wine in a box is marketed.
1981 American bars offer free nibbles during
Happy Hour in response to the enforcement of anti-drunk driving
1981 SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers) is
1982 Cheers TV show is set in a Boston bar named
Cheers and shares the lives and experiences of the bar staff and
locals that patronize the bar.
1982 Bud Light is launched.
1982 Dr. Morris Chafetz, founding director of
the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse develops
the first TIPS program.
1983 Seagram’s launches Captain Morgan
Peachtree Schnapps is introduced by DeKuyper.
Under Ronald Reagan's Presendency, the Federal "21"
minimum drinking age bill is signed into law July 17.
The acronym, MADD is changed to "Mothers Against Drunk Driving".
1984 Crown Royal eliminates its famous purple
bag in Canada to save money because the bag, box, and whisky are
taxed at the same rate.
1984 The Fuzzy Navel becomes popular.
Heywood Gould releases the novel, Cocktail. (Later in 1988
he writes the screenplay)
1985 Bartles and Jaymes market wine coolers with
two elderly men sitting on a porch and somehow it works.
The Sex on the Beach quickly spreads as the new hip cocktail.
1984 General John A. Wickham, Jr. abolishes happy
hours at all U.S. military base clubs.
1984 Labatt beer introduces the twist off cap.
1984 Shoes for Crews is established.
New Zealand and England charter MADD affiliates.
1985 Candy Lightner, the founder of MADD resigns
when the organization becomes anti-alcohol rather than anti-drunk
1985 Samuel Adams beer is introduced.
1985 Americans born on or after July 1, 1966
are able to purchase beer, wine and liquor on and after their
21st birthday. Americans born before July 1, 1966 retain the privilege
to purchase, possess and consume beer.
1985 Happy Hour is prohibited which force bars
and restaurants to maintain the same price all day.
1985 The most expensive bottle of wine previously
owned by Thomas Jefferson is purchased for $200,000.
1985 New Coke is introduced.
1985 Queen Elizabeth II visits the Angostura
Bitters plant on her visit to Trinidad. The Royal Warrant to provide
Angostura® aromatic bitters to the Royal household has been
held by the Company during several reigns.
1986 Absolut Peppar is the first infused vodka
to hit the market.
1986 Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan dies as the world’s
longest living man at 120 years old. His favorite drink was Shochu,
a drink distilled from barley.
1987 American drinking age is set at 21 years
old for all alcohol.
Dale DeGroff creates a classic cocktail menu at The
Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefellar Plaza in NYC.
1987 In an effort to reduce drunk driving, American
Federal Legislation tells states that money for highway construction
will stop unless states raise their drinking age for alcohol to
21. This is also referred to as Zero Tolerance.
1986 T.G.I. Fridays hosts the very first known
flair bartender contest called Bar Olympics for T.G.I.F. bartenders.
John JB Bandy wins.
1987 John JB Bandy teaches Tom Cruise how to
flair bartend for the film, Cocktail.
1988 Pubs in England and Wales are allowed to
open weekday afternoons.
1988 Bombay Sapphire is introduced.
1988 Tom Cruise plays a flair bartender in the
film, Cocktail and jumpstarts flair bartending around the world.
The worst drunk driving crash in history happens on May 14 in
Bus Crash" when a drunk driver hits a school bus head
on. 24 children and 3 adults are killed. The 30 others were severely
injured. The drunk driver, Larry Mahoney, survived.
1988 Japan introduces a new category of beer
with Asahi Super dry.
1988 Absolut Citron made with the infusion of
citron lemons is introduced.
1988 Jack Daniel’s introduces Gentleman
1988 Hustler Magazine publishes a parody of liquor
advertisements in which Rev. Jerry Falwell is depicted in a very
1989 Guinness is produced in cans.
Labatt beer hires Canadian model Pamela Anderson to become
Labatt Blue Zone Girl.
1889 Magic Mike Werner opens the first flair
bartending company called, Showtenders.
1990 Bud Dry is introduced.
1991 Kent Brooks, Todd Connell, and Ken Hall
create the first international flair competition, Quest for
the Best Bartender at Walt Disney World’s Pleasure
Island inside the nightclub,
Mannequins Dance Palace.
1991 America produces 20% of the world’s
Rohm sells the first flair video on the Internet.
1991 Wild Turkey Rare Breed is introduced.
Century Council is launched and is funded by America's
leading distillers that promote responsible decision-making regarding
beverage alcohol and fights alcohol abuse, focusing on drunk driving
and underage drinking problems. The funding companies are; Allied
Domecq Spirits & Wine North America, Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.,
Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands, Cruzan, Ltd., DIAGEO, Future
Brands, LLC, Hood River Distillers, Pernod Ricard USA, and Sidney
Frank Importing Co., Inc.
1992 Coors is the world’s largest single-site
brewery located in Golden, Colorado.
1992 Crown Royal Reserve is introduced.
1992 Johnnie Walker introduces the 18 year old
Johnnie Walker Gold Label.
Johnnie Walker introduces the very old Johnnie Walker Blue
1992 The Art of the Cocktail exhibition opens
in The Seagram Museum in Canada. It’s the first cocktail
show and first to exhibit cocktail shakers (100 of them) as usable
works of art.
1992 Bottled Jack Daniel’s Cocktails are
1992 Absolut Kurant is introduced.
1993 The sale of miniature bottles is legalized.
1993 Five American states pass laws to lower
the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08.
1993 Monin syrups is appointed Member of the
International Bartenders’ Association. Monin is the only
brand of syrups to appear side by side with world-famous trade
names in drinks and beverages.
Monin syrups receive many awards in the International Cocktail
Competition in Vienna
buys Red Stripe.
American alcohol-related deaths drop to a 30-year low.
1994 Monin syrups is awarded the Grand Prize
of European Excellence for perfection in production.
1994 Kilkenny Irish Cream ale is introduced.
1994 Stolichnaya Gold Vodka is introduced. It’s
quadruple distilled from late harvest wheat and glacial water.
1994 The first American exhibition of Cocktail
Shakers as Americana is shown in a show titled Shaken, Not
Stirred: Cocktail Shakers and Design.100 cocktail shakers
are on view and bar ware is now recognized as true works of art.
1995 Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia is introduced.
Cocktail.com is launched in February.
1995 In February, Ray Foley launches Bartender.com.
The site is directly related to his American Bartender Magazine
that was first published in 1979.
The Webtender: An Online Bartender (Webtender.com) is introduced
on the Internet on May 7th by Pål Løberg
from Norway as a college project. The site is an overnight
success and is still going strong as of 2006.
1995 The web site Shaken Not Stirred®: A
Celebration of the Martini is first launched on Halloween night
by Anastasia Miller and Jared Brown. The site can be found at
Bartends Joke of the Day debuts and is the first website to
send a bar joke in your email every day. The site can still be
seen at www.thebartend.net.
1995 Bacardi Limon is launched.
1995: American hotels that are licensed as drinking establishments
are allowed to have mini-bars in guest rooms.
1995 Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit is introduced.
1995 England opens its pubs on Sunday afternoons.
Louis Roederer and Jean-Claude Rouzaud are honoured at the
White House by President Clinton with the Club des Chefs
1995 Belgium begins the Bob Campaign
to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated
and several European countries adopt it as well.
1996 Monin syrups win 3 gold medals in the International
Cocktail Competition in Tokyo
1996 Rhode Island’s banning to advertise
of liquor prices from 1956 is overruled.
1996 Belvedere vodka is introduced to America.
Sammy Hagar introduces his tequila, Cabo
vodka is introduced. It’s made from 100% organic American
grains. Even the labels, and shipping boxes are made from recycled
paper. The company gives a donation to the Wilderness Society
with each bottle sold.
The Veuve Clicquot flag is planted in the Himalayas
with Ruedi Widmer's ice axe (Posthotel Gstaad) and the assistance
of Leonz Blunschi (Bernerhof Gstaad, Switzerland).
1997 Diageo drinks company opens.
Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur debuts.
1997 Stolichnaya introduces six flavored vodkas.
1997 Johnnie Walker introduces the vatted 15
year old Johnnie Walker Green Label.
1997 Johnnie Walker introduces the vatted 15
year old Johnnie Walker Pure Malt.
Flair Bartenders Association (FBA) is founded by Toby Ellis
and Alan Mays.
1997 Dean Serneels invents the Flair bottle.
is the first flair bartender website and is founded by Toby Ellis.
1997 The book
Shaken Not Stirred:A Celebration of the Martini is the
first to list over 200 alternative Martini recipes and question
the Martinez origins of the Martini.
Alan Mays, Ken Hall, Steve Bushur and Todd Connell
open the Voodoo
Lounge atop the Rio Hotel, the first Flair bar in Las
1997 Greygoose vodka hits the market.
1997 The silver Hanover Cistern and Fountain
commissioned from 1710 is valued at $3 million.
1997 Guinness is produced in a bottle.
1997 Cruzan rum introduces five flavors.
1998 J&B Select is discontinued in America.
1998 Scott Young launches the first flair video
1998 The U.S. federal government calls for the
installation of alcohol ignition interlocks to be installed on
the cars of repeat DWI offenders.
1999 Fee Brothers recreates Peach Bitters from
a 1930’s bottle lent to them by Ted Haigh.
1999 Absolut Mandarin is introduced.
1999 Van Gogh gin is introduced.
1999 Smirnoff Ice is launched.
1999 Remy Red is launched.
of Bartending, the world’s first independent flair
bartender competition is organized by Ken Hall in Las Vegas, NV
and becomes the most prestigious competition in the world.
invents the first portable bar unit that folds up into the size
of a suitcase.
1999 Jim Allison and Toby Ellis arrange for first
US National TV special on Flair Bartending.
1999 Robert Ballard (the explorer that found
the Titanic) and his team find two Phoenician ships carrying 10
tons of wine in ceramic vases 30 miles off the coast of Israel.
1999 Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is introduced.
1999 Tanqueray 10 is marketed.