Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin

bookby Steven Doyle

The exciting prohibition days of Dallas and Fort Worth where bootleggers and speakeasy’s took over the social scene come back to life with a modern twist in Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough’s new book, “Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin,” released this month by History Press. Discover Dallas and Fort Worth’s notable mixologists and their take on classic cocktails that will send readers back to the 1920s and allow them to take a deeper look into Dallas and Fort Worth’s past.       

Dallas and Fort Worth hold a rich history during the prohibition era in the 1920s. Although the United States had banned alcohol production and sales, Texans did not have a problem finding a saloon or dance hall to swing by for a drink. The days of homegrown moonshine and bathtub gin may be over, but these ideas transformed the classic Texan cocktail recipe. These concepts stayed on the minds of Texans through the years and inspired bartenders to use influences from the past and highlight them in contemporary cocktails.

With “Prohibition in Dallas & Fort Worth”, readers can dive into the history of their favorite contemporary cocktails and gain a better understanding of DFW’s past that shaped the modern scene that Texans experience today.


Cook and Yarbrough each offer an interesting perspective on the how the scandals, saloons and spirits of the 1920s influence the current nightlife and drinks. Yarbrough explains that the featured mixologists, “combine history and culture into their artfully-crafted cocktails.” Cook adds, “They turn to this classic era for inspiration because it was a period of innovation and style.” Experience the culture and cocktails of the past and present that Dallas and Fort Worth have to offer in this exciting and fascinating new book.

The History Press proudly presents “Prohibition in Dallas & Fort Worth” by Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough. The new book is available at local stores and online at for $19.99. It retails as an E-BOOK via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple’s I-bookstore, Google’s E-bookstore & Overdrive.

Local bartenders featured include the following:

Curtis Cheney
As fourth-generation barman, Curtis has grown up in the bar scene. He currently heads the bar at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Fort Worth. He has lectured at the Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Dallas and the University of North Texas in Denton.
Brad Hensarling
Brad is the owner of The Usual in Fort Worth, the Gold Standard and the Chat Room Pub.
Jason Kosmas
Jason helped launch the classic cocktail movement in New York City with Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. and continues to do so in Dallas as the beverage director for Marquee Grill. He and his restaurants have earned many awards in the industry. Jason is also a part of The 86 Co. Noise and Spirits, a company with spirits distilled and designed specifically for mixing cocktails.
Tyler Lott
Tyler is a manager and lead bartender at Asador, a Dean James Max restaurant inside the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas. She artfully creates cocktails with fresh ingredients that showcase seasonal and industry trends.
Michael Martensen
Michael is co-owner and head barman at The Cedars Social and has redefined the art of the cocktail in Dallas. He was nominated for the James Beard Outstanding Bar Program 2013 award for his work at The Cedars Social and is the founding president of the North Texas Bartenders Guild and.



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