Kevin O’Connell fondly recalls spending time as a kid with his wealthy Great Uncle Mike in his grand New York City apartment. Sifting through a box of his Uncle Mike’s books Kevin came across a small, leather-bound journal. When he opened the book, Kevin was startled to find hand-written instructions for making large quantities of popular liquors such as gin, whisky, and rum.
No one in the family has seen this notebook. Why would Uncle Mike, who had a successful paving business, have a book like this? Kevin now wonders if maybe his uncle earned his money as a Prohibition era bootlegger. Kevin asks History Detectives host Elyse Luray to find the facts behind this mysterious journal.
New York Distilling Company
405 Leonard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Raines Law Room
48 West 17th Street
New York City, NY
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