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ST. LOUIS, MO. – July 10, 2015 -- The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis will introduce an intoxicating new beverage experience on Thursday, July 16, as the hotel’s Barrels, Bourbon and The Bee’s Knees brings to life the notorious sights, sounds and tastes of America’s Prohibition era.

Presenting cocktails inspired by the banned speakeasies of the 1920s and locally-distilled bourbon tapped directly from barrels, the Thursday evening adventure will be offered weekly through August 2015 and then will continue with an updated frequency to be announced in early September. The event’s signature libation will be a classic Manhattan prepared in 1930s style using beakers and pipettes, and featuring Missouri’s own Defiance Rye Bourbon along with sweet vermouth, house-crafted orange-infused bitters, bourbon-marinated cherries and lemon juice.

It is said that St. Louis was at the heart of some of Prohibition’s most creative activities, from the use of Clydesdale-pulled beer wagons to deliver unexpected lager to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to the city’s legendary whiskey siphoning schemes and the thwarted development of “near beer.” Music and high-energy dance also figured into St. Louis Prohibition life, and Barrels, Bourbon and The Bee’s Knees at The Ritz-Carlton will deliver similar entertainment appeal, featuring swing and hot jazz presented live each week, including select appearances by Miss Jubilee and band.

For the July 16 debut of Barrels, Bourbon and The Bee’s Knees, the first barrels of bourbon will be ferried to The Ritz-Carlton via vintage car coming from the Defiance Whiskey distillery. As each Prohibition evening begins, The Lobby Lounge lighting will dim to replicate historic Edison light bulb levels, and vintage cocktails will be created throwback-style, with bartenders focused on stirring and carefully lifting their ingredients. Beverage offerings will include the Bees Knees -- influenced by the honey, lemon and orange initially used to mask the taste of Prohibition’s “bathtub gin,” as well as the Mary Pickford, the Champagne-based French 75, and the Ward 8, shaken with rye.

Barrels, Bourbon and The Bee’s Knees will be presented by The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, with no cover charge or reservations required. For further information, please contact Kelly Kiesel at (314) 863-6300. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is conveniently located in the heart of the St. Louis suburban business and shopping district of Clayton, just minutes from downtown and from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.