Alcohol Timeline 1900

Common 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 Carry Amelia Moore Gloyd rides horse and buggy through Kiowa, Kansas throwing bricks at saloons.

1900 The Combo cork screw/bottle opener is introduced.
1900 It’s said that the first Cuba Libre was served in a Cuban bar.

1900 Judge Roy Bean held court in a Texas building that was half courthouse and half saloon.


1900 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 is prohibited.
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 Southern Comfort wins a gold medal at the World’s Fair in St. Louis.

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 alcohol illegal.
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 a doctor.
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.

1910 First in-flight cocktails are served to paying passengers on scheduled airliner on the Zeppelin flying over Germany.

1910 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.

1910 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 France.
1913 The pink giraffe is replaced by the pink elephant.
1914 The House votes 197 for prohibition and 190 against.
1914 Prohibition for Russia begins.
1914 The U.S. Navy abolishes the daily ration of rum to sailors.

1915 Absinthe is banned in France.

1915 Prohibition for alcohol in Iceland begins.
1916 Prohibition for Norway begins.
1916 Prohibition for Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada begins.
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.

1921 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.

1924 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, Canada ends.
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 The Mimosa is invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France.

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 whiskey.
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 Ocean Spray cranberry juice is marketed.

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 Scotch whisky.
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.

1933 Trader 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 O’Brien’s.

1933 Lone Star Beer from Texas is introduced.
1933 Anheuser –Busch introduces their Clydesdale horses.
1933 De Kuyper opens a plant in America.
1933 Harry Craddock publishes the Savoy Drink Book.
1934 Vladimir Smirnov sells Smirnoff to Rudolph Kunett.
1934 Jay Sindler invents the swizzle stick.
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.

1935 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.

1936 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.

1941 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 concentrate.

1947 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 repealed.

1948 The Bellini is created in Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy and named after 15th century painter named Bellini.


1948 Kansas finally repeals prohibition.
1948 The Margarita becomes the official drink of Mexico.
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 Angeles Area.
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 TV show.
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.

1951 The International Bartenders Association (IBA) is started.

1952 Margie Samuels designs the famous red wax Maker’s Mark bottle.
1953 Chivas Regal Royal Salute is introduced.
1952 Stanton 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 prices.
1956 Gilbey’s vodka is introduced.
1956 Brown –Forman buys Jack Daniel’s.
1957 Aluminum cans are invented, replacing steel and tin.
1957 Oklahoma finally repeals prohibition.
1957 Rose’s and Schweppes merge.

1957 The Piña Colada becomes Puerto Rico’s official drink by winning a global award.

1957 Bartender, Harry Lee invents the Blue Hawaiian in Hawaii.
1958 Maker’s Mark is introduced.
1958 Presidente Mexican brandy is Mexico’s first brandy.
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 in Spain.
1959 The term Happy Hour is mentioned in a Saturday Evening Post article on military life.
1960 Happy Hour becomes a common term.

1960 The 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 pop-top beer.
1963 The stainless steel beer keg is introduced.
1963 Guinness opens the first brewery in South Africa.
1964 The embossed statement, FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE, from liquor bottles is repealed.
1964 Congress declares Bourbon to be the official native spirit of America and that it’s restricted to U.S. production.

1964 Buffalo wings are invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY.

1964 Harold Borgman invents Cold Duck American sparkling wine.
1965 Alan Stillman opens the first American casual dining bar & grill, T.G.I. 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.


  1969 Canadian Walter Chell invents the Caesar at the Calgary Westin Hotel.

1966 Mississippi is the last state to repeal prohibition.

1966 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.


1969 Johnny Carson is in an ad for Smirnoff and Fresca.

1970 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 internationally.
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 drink.
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 beer.
1975 Herradura introduces Herradura Blannnco Suave.
1976 Scotland can sell alcohol on Sunday and weekday afternoons.
1976 For the first time, America wins a wine competition in Paris.

1976 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 Land?
1977 White House goes for four years dry under President Carter; No cocktails, no hard liquor, only wine & beer served.
1976 New Albion, NY starts the rebirth of microbreweries in America.
1977 Blush wines appear on the market.

1977 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.
1978 Midori Melon Liqueur from Japan is introduced.
1978 America has 89 breweries and 25 national brand beers

1978 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 Poland.
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 Islands.
1979 The American Bartender Magazine is first published.
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 Group.
1980 Candy Lightner founds Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) when a drunk driver kills Cari, her 13-year-old daughter.

1980 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 laws.
1981 SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers) is organized.
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 Spiced Rum.

1984 Peachtree Schnapps is introduced by DeKuyper.

1984 Under Ronald Reagan's Presendency, the Federal "21" minimum drinking age bill is signed into law July 17.

1984 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.


1984 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.

1984 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.

1985 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 driving.
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.

1987 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.

1988 The worst drunk driving crash in history happens on May 14 in the "Kentucky 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 Jack.
1988 Hustler Magazine publishes a parody of liquor advertisements in which Rev. Jerry Falwell is depicted in a very lewd manner.
1989 Guinness is produced in cans.

1989 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 beer.
1991 Chuck Rohm sells the first flair video on the Internet.
1991 Wild Turkey Rare Breed is introduced.
1991 The 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.

1992 Johnnie Walker introduces the very old Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

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 introduced.
1992 Absolut Kurant is introduced.
1992 Nestle buys Perrier.
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.

1993 Monin syrups receive many awards in the International Cocktail Competition in Vienna
1993 Guinness buys Red Stripe.

1994 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.
1995 is launched in February.
1995 In February, Ray Foley launches The site is directly related to his American Bartender Magazine that was first published in 1979.

1995 The Webtender: An Online Bartender ( 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
1995 The 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
1995 Bacardi Limon is launched.
: 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.

1996 Louis Roederer and Jean-Claude Rouzaud are honoured at the White House by President Clinton with the Club des Chefs 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.

1996 Sammy Hagar introduces his tequila, Cabo Wabo.

1996 Rain 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.

1996 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.
1997 Tequila 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.
1997 The Flair Bartenders Association (FBA) is founded by Toby Ellis and Alan Mays.
1997 Dean Serneels invents the Flair bottle.
1997 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.

1997 Alan Mays, Ken Hall, Steve Bushur and Todd Connell open the Voodoo Lounge atop the Rio Hotel, the first Flair bar in Las Vegas, NV.

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 series.
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.
1999 Legends 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.
1999 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.

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