In 1770, James Brown, George Washington's black aide-de-camp and Revolutionary War veteran, built his home on what was then the shore of the Hudson River (the coast has since moved quite a bit) at 326 Spring Street in Manhattan. Sometime later, Brown's house became a Speakeasy where sailors and dock workers used to drink and, during the Prohibition, the bar's green doors were the only marker for the libations enjoyed inside.
When Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong were becoming musical legends and Viktor Schrekengost was making masterpieces in Cleveland, stylish ladies and gentlemen were ordering cocktails made with anise and fennel.
My new candle, Speakeasy, smells just like the anise and fennel cocktails or, for the gourmand fans, black licorice. Light it and transform yourself to the roaring 20s when sipping licorice-flavored cocktails was as stylish as a drop hem, short hair and long pearls. Or, if you will, think of the black twist candy and the 5 and dime stores that sold them to newsies who biked down Euclid Avenue in Cleveland on their morning routes.
Never leave a burning candle unattended
Never burn for more than 2 hours at a time
ALWAYS trim the blackened portion of the wick each time before you light it.
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