In early January 1924, it was reported that, in support of the three-year-old national policy of Prohibition, Delcevare King (a prominent member of Boston Republican society in the early 20th century) would award $200 in gold to the person who invented the best word to denounce a violator of the 18th Amendment. “I seek a word which will stab awake the conscience of the drinker…and stab awake the public conscience to the fact that such lawless drinking is a menace to the republic itself,” King said, according to the Boston Globe.  Along with two other judges, also from “dry” society circles, King received more than 20,000 entries. They included “boozshevic,” “contralaw,” “klinker,” “lawjacker,” “slacklaw,” and “wetocrat.”  In the end, two people independently suggested “scofflaw,” winning $100 apiece.



1 1/2 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. dry vermouth
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. grenadine
Tools: mixing glass, strainer

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard and strain into a chilled 4 – 5 oz cocktail glass.

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