Retro drinks have been making a comeback for a while now – they’re usually pretty stiff and likely to have a great name. Whether you’re planning a theme party or just looking for a new favorite, here’s a list of some of my favorite old-timey drinks.
THE MONKEY GLAND (I told you these had great names) –
If you were a man in 1920s who needed a little *coughcough* “help” in the bedroom, you might go visit Dr. Serge Voronoff. Obviously Dr. Voronoff couldn’t offer you a script for Viagra. Instead (yes, this is a true story!), the good doctor would implant thin slices of a chimp’s testicles into the patient’s scrotum. So popular was this “treatment”, a drink boasting the same “vitality” was born.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
1 teaspoon absinthe
Since Absinthe may be difficult to find, another anise-flavored liquor, such as Herbsaint, Pernod or Richard, will do.
THREE MILE LIMIT –
Named to poke fun at the 18th Amendment when, alcohol wasn’t just illegal on American soil; it was also a no-no a certain distance off the coast as well. So, if you wanted to throw a party, you got a boat and headed three miles out (the law was later changed to 12 miles and a new cocktail, 12 Mile Limit, was born).
1 ounce white rum
1/2 ounce brandy
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Garnish with a lemon twist
LUCIEN GAUDIN –
I can’t think of too many drinks named after sporting figures – Harvey Wallbanger maybe, although that drink was around years before the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers picked up the nickname “Harvey’s Wallbanger’s”. So why someone would chose to name a drink after an early 20th century French Olympic fencer, I have no idea. But they did, and I’m glad.
1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
MARY PICKFORD –
A popular actress in the very beginning of Hollywood “scene”, Mary Pickford was a tiny, blonde star of silent movies. This drink has great potential of becoming my favorite summertime beverage.
2 ounces light rum
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
MOSCOW MULE –
The Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 as a way to drum up business for vodka. Popular perception at that time was that vodka was mainly a Russian product. If you order this and it’s not served in a copper mug, they’re doing it wrong!
1/2 ounce lime juice
2 ounces vodka
4-6 ounces ginger beer
Garnish with a lime wedge
Do you have any favorite drinks from long ago? Let me know. I’m very willing to compile a list, do another tasting and report my results. 🙂