Vintage Cocktails That Don't Go Out of Style

by Mufsin Mahbub

Back in the early days of crafted cocktails, there were various ingredients available for use to create delectable drinks that continue to impress patrons decades later. While we may have plenty of infusions, flavors, and unique liqueurs to choose from, some cool numbers from the past just don't go out of style! Some vintage cocktails are still popular and will always be around for customers and enthusiasts alike. Here’s our list of some classic cocktails that we all know and love.

1) The Blue Moon
This popular '60s cocktail was made with a main ingredient called the Crème de Violette. A few years ago, a similar ingredient called the Crème Yvette was introduced to meet the demand from bartenders looking to make a proper Blue Moon. You'll find a difference between the two ingredients in their colors and the strengths of the notable berry flavor, but the two are roughly identical.

2 oz. Gin
½ oz. Crème Yvette
½ oz. Lemon juice
1 Lemon or orange slice

In a blender, combine all ingredients and whirl until smooth. Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon or a slice of orange.

2) The Beauty Beneath
This special cocktail is made as an alternative to the Vesper, a popular concoction from the James Bond series. Recently, bartenders looking to shake things up attempted to make a Vesper, but were missing one important ingredient, Kina Lillet, which is no longer made. Cocchi Americano, a mostly equivalent aromatized wine, has been used as a substitute.

2 oz. Appleton Estate V/X Rum
1 oz. Cocchi Americano
½ oz. Cointreau
1 dash Fee Brothers’ Old-Fashioned bitters

Stir ingredients over ice, strain into cocktail glass. Add squeeze of oil from orange peel to garnish.

3) Lion’s Tail
The Lion's Tail was made with an old spirit called Pimento Dram, a rum that originated in Jamaica. Making it involves soaking the berries into the rum. The cocktail was reintroduced in recent years without the rum.

2 oz. Bourbon
¾ oz. Allspice Dram
½ oz. Lime juice
½ Tbsp. Simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

4) Pegu
The gin-based cocktail was the signature drink of Burma’s social club called The Pegu, which was praised by author Rudyard Kipling. It was considered a refreshing cocktail to beat hot weather. Some bartenders would garnish it with a slice of fresh grapefruit. However, it's commonly served with a slice of lime.

3 parts Gin
1 part Cointreau
1 part Lime juice
Dash of Angostura bBtters

Shake all the ingredients in a mixer with ice. Strain into the glass and garnish.

5) Pink Lady
This classic cocktail made its mark during the Prohibition Era when Jack Townsend included it in his 1951 mixology guide, The Bartender’s Book. This was known as the ultimate “girly drink” back in the day. This gin-based cocktail had a mix of egg whites and cream to create foam that floats on top, giving the recipe its unique texture.

1 ½ oz. of Gin
½ oz. of cream
4 dashes of Grenadine
½ part of Lemon juice
1 Egg white

Shake all ingredients very well with ice and strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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