8 Retro Cocktails + Recipes
TIFF's in town, the delightful Jane Lynch is hosting the Emmy Awards this weekend, and somehow all the excitement making us a little nostalgic for old Hollywood.
We're thinking that some classic Bogart & Hepburn movies plus swanky retro cocktails are in order, no?
Mint Julep (since 1800s)
3 oz Bourbon whiskey
4-6 fresh mint leaves
granulated sugar (to taste)
Using a mixing glass, muddle (ie. lightly mash) a small amount of whiskey with sugar and mint leaves (this allows the mint leaves to release their flavour). Strain into a julep cup or highball glass, fill with ice, and top up with remaining whiskey. Garnish with mint leaves if desired.
Tom Collins (a modified Gin Fizz, since 1870s)
2 parts gin
1 part lemon juice, freshly squeezed
drizzle of simple syrup
Mix gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a tall glass (or a "Collins glass") with ice, top up with club soda and serve.
Singapore Sling (popular since 1920s)
8 parts gin
4 parts Heering Cherry liqueur (cherry brandy)
1 part Cointreau
1 part DOM Bénédictine
2 parts Grenadine
16 parts pineapple juice
6 parts fresh lemon juice
dash Angostura bitters
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Strain into a tall glass and garnish if desired (eg. pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, etc)
Sidecar (1930s must-try)
8 parts brandy or cognac
2 parts Cointreau
1 part fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a strip of lemon peel if desired.
Mary Pickford (named for the 1940s screen siren)
2 oz light rum
2 oz pineapple juice
dash maraschino cherry juice
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, strain and serve.
Hurricane (popular New Orleans-signature cocktail from the 1940s)
2 parts light rum
2 parts dark rum
1 part grenadine (or passion fruit syrup)
1 part fresh lime juice
superfine sugar to taste (optional)
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and mix until sugar is dissolved. Strain into a hurricane glass and garnish if desired (eg. orange wedge, maraschino cherry, etc)
Moscow Mule (rose to popularity in the 1950s)
2 parts vodka
3 parts ginger beer (can substitute for ginger ale for a milder flavour)
1 part lime juice, freshly squeezed
Combine in an ice-filled shaker, strain into a tall glass and garnish as desired (eg. lime wedge)
Manhattan (classic 1960s tipple)
1 part sweet vermouth
3 parts Rye (or Canadian whiskey)
dash Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing cup and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve with a twist of orange peel and a maraschino cherry as garnish.
Which retro cocktail is your favourite? Please share your picks and recipes in the comments!
*ChickAdvisor encourages you to please serve and enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly.
*recipes adapted from IBA (International Bartender Association) and common ingredient combinations found everywhere
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@Steffikah - Adding lime to almost any drink makes it that much more fabulous! I love it most in Coke, cranberry juice, and sparkling water. I'm sure ginger beer with lime would be delish too.
I'd drink a virgin Moscow Mule! Seems like an interesting combo. I don't drink alcohol, and since most of these drinks have multiple liqueurs in them if I simply made it without alcohol it might change the flavour drastically. That's the other reason why I picked the Mule.
I'm going to take one for the team and have a Moscow Mule this weekend. Tough work, but someone's gotta do it :)
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