Canadian Club ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Promotion Celebrates Prohibition Era

 In honor of its key role in the HBO show Boardwalk Empire (it provokes a gunfight, or something like that), which begins its second season Sunday night, Canadian Club is releasing a special promotional package: a bottle of its classic six-year-old whiskey with a metal Boardwalk Empire hip flask.

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As BlackBook reports, "Any American enjoying a cocktail this weekend should raise a glass to our polite neighbors to the north. After all, Canadian producers kept our country awash in hooch during the Prohibition era, with distillers such as Canadian Club inspiring entrepreneurs to deliver the unique and illicit whiskey to drinkers in Chicago, New York and beyond. Yes, the practice gave rise to a mafia we still have today, but at least nobody who really wanted a satisfying drink after a long day's work was deprived of that pleasure during those 13 dark years."

The article includes some Canadian Club/Prohibition trivia:

● Located just over the Detroit, Michigan border in Windsor, Canada, Canadian Club was legally able to continue producing whisky between 1920 and 1933, when the manufacture and sale of beverage alcohol was prohibited in the United States.

● It is rumored that Canadian Club was a favorite of Al Capone, who operated a lucrative business smuggling the spirit into the U.S.

● 20,000 cases of Canadian Club were smuggled into the U.S. each month during Prohibition

And, of course, recipes for drinks they enjoyed back in those days:

The Real McCoy
1.50 parts Canadian Club 6 Year Old
4 parts Club Soda
Directions: Add ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Stir.

Belle Femme
1.50 parts Canadian Club 6 Year Old
1.50 parts Dubonnet Rouge
Orange peel for garnish
Directions: In a mixing glass, stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sliver of orange peel.

The Boss
1 part Harvey’s Bristol Cream
2 parts Canadian Club 6 Year Old
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Directions: Shake Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Canadian Club and bitters with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a lowball glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.