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How the Lowly Lemon Drop Changed Bar Culture Forever

How the Lowly Lemon Drop Changed Bar Culture Forever

Bars and the drinks they serve not only feed into a culture, but reflect back the values of the culture in which they reside, especially when it comes to the treatment of women. Before Prohibition, bars were almost exclusively filled with men. Sure, the bar or tavern has always been a sort of sacred social space—instrumental in events such as the American and French Revolutions—but you’ve got to realize that until recently, women weren’t invited to participate in the workings of the man’s world. But then came Prohibition. Suddenly, as a bar owner, your livelihood is now illegal. In order to survive you need to either pick another career entirely (not exactly the easy way out), move out of the country and set up shop there (also no easy task), or run your business illegally. And if you’re going to try to make a living running an illegal bar, you’re going to have to discriminate just a little bit less with regards to who you let in the door. So for a short time, bars were…

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