Here are our favourite vintage cocktail recipes. You can’t go wrong with a classic cocktail. Whether you’re craving a tried-and-true Whiskey Sour, a traditional Mint Julep or a Bloody Mary, check out some of the most classic drinks and start mixing!
The Whiskey Sour
The whiskey sour is one of the oldest cocktail recipes still in drinking circulation. It may also be the first-ever example of a sour alcoholic drink.
2 oz whiskey
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz tsp sugar
1/2 lemon slice
Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice cubes. Strain into a classic highball glass and then add the lemon slice and a cherry to garnish.
The Moscow Mule
This beauty was invented in the USA to popularise vodka. The ginger beer and lime evoke thoughts of the tropics. It’s also sometimes called a vodka buck. It should be made with high-quality vodka, a spicy ginger beer, lime juice and garnished with a wedge of lime. It’s usually served in a copper mug.
1 1/4 oz vodka
3 oz ginger beer
1 tsp sugar syrup
1/4 oz lime juice
1 sprig mint
1 slice lime
In a copper mug, pour vodka over ice. Add sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Long beloved by Southern society types, the mint julep is a cocktail consisting primarily of bourbon, water, crushed or shaved ice and fresh mint.
2 oz bourbon
8 sprigs of mint
1 tsp of sugar
Put mint and sugar with a dash of water in a mixing glass. Add shaved ice and bourbon. Shake the mixture until frosted and pour all of it into a pretty cup. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
The Bloody Mary
A Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice. Different variations combine a variety of other spices and flavourings. Conveniently, the celery stalk lends an air of healthy respectability to this potent brunch drink.
1 1/2 oz vodka
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp horseradish
4 dashes of Tabasco sauce
Fresh ground pepper
Put all ingredients in a mixing glass, shake briskly and pour into a pint glass over ice. Add a celery branch to garnish.
The White Russian
A White Russian cocktail is made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream served with ice in a beautiful glass. Sometimes, milk will be used as an alternative to cream.
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz coffee liquor
1 oz heavy cream
Pour vodka, coffee liquor and heavy cream into a cocktail glass. Stir well.
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