These retro drinks deserve a comeback

October 16, 2020 11:42:57 AM

These retro drinks deserve a comeback

Some things should undoubtedly be left in the past. Like those weird concoctions proffered in a waft of smoke, only to leave you wondering what in the world was in the glass, and with a charred aftertaste.

Today, it’s all about the favourites of yesteryear long due a revival, because quite frankly, there’s a reason we loved them in the first place…

1. Tequila Sunrise

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Take a sip of this Tequila Sunrise, close your eyes and you will feel like being right on a sunny beach! Recipe 🍹 – 6 cl tequila – 12 cl orange juice – 1 cl grenadine Put ice in a shaker and add tequila and orange juice (freshly pressed, not from concentrate). Give it a good shake for 10 seconds. Pour grenadine in your glass, add icecubes and strain the shaker mix into the glass. Stir the bottom gently with a barspoon to get the beautiful sunrise look. Garnish with a slice of orange – enjoy! #tequila #tequilatequila #tequilas #tequilasunrise #grenadine #cocktails #cocktail #bartender #mixology #drinkstagram #bartenderlife #craftcocktails #mixologist #cocktailporn #cocktailhour #cocktailtime #imbibe #imbibegram #cocktailsofinstagram #cocktailoftheday #cocktailart #drinksofinstagram #mixologia #homebartender #cocktailrecipes #cocktailrecipe #instacocktails #craftedmixology #cocktailsathome #prettydrinks

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Sunshine in a glass, it’s smiles all round when grenadine is carefully poured over the back of a spoon and gently settles below orange juice, to simulate a beautiful sunrise effect. A Seventies staple, it tastes pretty damn good.

2. Gimlet

The simplicity of a gimlet is pure genius (iStock/PA)

When did you last hear someone order a gimlet? Well, for those in the know, the 1920s cocktail is bouncing back bigtime, and being revived on swanky hotel bar menus. Gin and lime juice, and sometimes simple syrup. You heard it here first.

3. Sidecar

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‘What’s in my sidecar?’ Today I’m riffing on the classic sidecar cocktail using the dessert wine, tokaji (with all its noble rot funkiness), and some hot pepper heat 🌶. . These paired with the depth of the cognac and the citrus proved a pretty tasty combo. It’s Friday people!! . Raising this glass to all the hospitality professionals about to go into lockdown again in #Scotland. Take care of yourselves, stay safe and all best wishes for the industry, your jobs, families and businesses. — • 45ml @hennessyuk VSOP privilege cognac • 22.5ml lemon juice • 20ml triple sec • 15ml @royaltokaji tokaji • 5ml @giffard_liqueurs_syrups piment d’espelette 👉 shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into coupé garnished with lemon peel & piment dust. . #sidecar #sidecarcocktail #cognac #cognaclover #cognaccocktails #hennessy

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Getting revved up for a Sidecar requires a bottle of your best brandy – traditionally a smooth and stylish cognac. You can redefine the recipe with a dash of sweet wine and spice, it’ll be all things very nice.

4. Snowball

Proper retro, right? The Snowball was at its peak in the Seventies when Advocaat was the ace ingredient on everyone’s cocktail trolley. The rich, creamy combo of eggs, sugar and brandy set our taste buds alight, especially in the run up to Christmas. And as we’re counting down the days…

5. Grasshopper

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Imagine all the flavours of your favourite mint chocolate – as a cocktail! 😍 Yes, this dreamy drink combines creme de menthe, creme de cacao, gin and a little pouring cream… delicious.⁠ ⁠ Forget dessert – we're having one of these instead!⁠ ⁠ Tipsy Grasshopper 💚⁠ 25ml gin⁠ 25ml creme de menthe⁠ 25ml white creme de cacao⁠ 35ml single cream⁠ ⁠ Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake to combine. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass rimmed with chocolate⁠ ⁠ Tip: To get showstopping chocolate drips down the inside or outside of the glass, be sure to chill the glass in the freezer before using. Wipe down to remove condensation which can mottle the chocolate, and allow your chocolate ganache to cool a little before using – the cooler the ganache, the thicker the drips!

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A mint flavoured after dinner drink from the 1920s that’s sometimes (unfairly) described as a minty milkshake for grown-ups. When it’s made well, a grasshopper is hands down the most moreish tipple in our little black book of cocktails – and a shot of gin brings it bang up to date. Chin-chin to crème de menthe!

6. Blue Lagoon

Retro favourites such as a blue lagoon look as good as they taste (iStock/PA)

You don’t need to be overlooking a white sandy beach to enjoy the refreshing, vibrant taste of blue curaçao kicked up a notch with vodka. Nope, simply set your virtual background to blue skies for your next Zoom party and show your friends what they’re missing. Kitsch cocktail umbrella optional.