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A Wide Open Town

  • Aired: 01/17/2013
  • 02:18
  • Rating: NR
In this excerpt from Bootlegger's notebook, cocktail expert David Wondrich describes New York in the 1890s as a “wide open town.” The culture of saloons led to many patrons drinking far too much alcohol and the saloon owners sometimes serving wood alcohol—a potentially lethal drink—to satisfy the demand.
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