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The China Tea-cup


Prohibition in the United States ran from 1920-1933 and was a nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.


Although the ban was enforced by the government, it didn't stop people from drinking! Instead they set up unlicensed bars, which they named "Speakeasies" - a name derived from the practice of speaking easy, or quietly about the bar so as not to alert the neighbours or the police. To enter a speakeasy, one would need to say a password to the doorperson so that they would know whether or not they were really secret agents.



These “secret gin joints” were most common in New York. Manhattans “21” club was probably the most secure club, with four safety switches that could be used during a raid to short circuit and cut the access to all of the doors that contained alcohol.


The Cotton Club was the most famous of the city's nightclubs in the 1920s and 1930s, attracting an audience that often included the cream of New York society. Its glittering revues provided a medium for performances by the most prominent jazz musicians of the day, and the club's activities were brought to a wide audience by frequent broadcasts. The house band when the venue first opened was Andy Preer's Cotton Club Syncopators; after Preer's death in 1927, Duke Ellington's orchestra was engaged and its residency became the most celebrated in the club's history, lasting until 1931.



The cocktails were typically prepared in teapots and drunk from tea-cups so, in the event of the speakeasy being raided, everything appeared to be all above board.


Prohibition may be long consigned to the history books, but we still like to keep up traditions here at The Vintage Cocktail Company, which is why you'll possibly find yourself drinking one of our delectable cocktails from a china tea-cup!


To Salt or Not to Salt?


Traditional Margarita's have a rim of salt around the edge of the glass, although sometimes we're asked to leave it off as many people don't like the taste. However, the salt is actually a vital ingredient and is not only there as a decoration. Salt makes the sweet and sour flavours of a Margarita pop.

Even a little bit of salt suppresses bitterness, which in turn makes sweetness and sourness seem more intense. For the beloved Margarita, adding a small amount of salt screens out the slight bitterness of the triple sec. At the same time, it also heightens the taste of the lime juice and softens the tequila’s bite.

Although the Margarita first appeared on the cocktail scene in the 1940s, tequila drinks weren’t popular until the 1970s. Since then, hundreds of recipes and variations of the margarita have been published or shaken up around the world. Some have a salted rim, while others call for a few drops of a saline solution.

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In A Bit Of A Flap


The Flappers were not ordinary girls in the 1920's. They were risky. They had attitude and their outfits, hairstyles and make-up were extremely racy and dramatic.

Make-up was scarce during WWI, but the end of the war brought an economic boom for many western countries, resulting in a decadent decade of dressing up, dancing and partying.

Flappers were a revolutionary "new breed" of young women, who wore short skirts, sported short bobbed hair, wore bold make-up, listened to jazz and who knew how to party!

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Get the 20s' Look!


1. Start with a flawless base, using primer and foundation, even over your eyelids.


2. Hold a tissue under your eye to catch any loose eyeshadow and apply a charcoal or black shadow to your entire lid and blend up to the brow bone.

Blending is very important to create this look - use a big fluffy blending brush to blend out the eyeshadow.


3. Add mascara and liquid liner to the top of your lids, following the natural line. Use a black kohl liner to underline the lower lashes.


4. Define your eyebrows using a brow palate, or dark-brown eyeshadow. Eyebrows in the 20's were well defined and bold.


5. Use a rose-coloured blusher to the apples of your cheeks.


6. Line lips with a dark-coloured lip liner. Be sure to accentuate the cupids bow. Apply a very deep red lipstick, blot and then repeat.


And that's you done! Perfect 1920s' style make-up.



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