Retro Recipe Thursdays: Spirited Cocktails

The ABC of Cocktails Book Cover

Planning that Halloween Party? Why not try some spirited libations from our vintage ABC of Cocktails, now available in ebook form! Fun 1950s images and verses illuminate this A to Z compendium of full-strength cocktails (with suggested dilutions for “amateurs and maiden aunts”). Featuring two parts time-tested mixology, one part refined taste, and a judicious splash of wit, this book will infuse liquid refreshments with high retro style. Here are a few classics to try:

GORDON

Ingredients:
5 parts Gin
1 part dry Sherry

A Martini with dry Sherry instead of Vermouth. Properly, Duff Gordon Sherry and Gordon Gin should be used.


GIN AND IT

Ingredients:
3 parts Gin
1 part Italian (sweet) Vermouth

Stir with ice, strain into cocktail glass, and add twist of lemon peel. Can be made in Old-Fashioned glass with cubes of ice. This drink is made in England with equal parts of Gin and Vermouth.


GYPSY QUEEN

Ingredients:
4 parts Vodka
1 part Benedictine
1 dash Orange Bitters to each drink

Shake with ice, and strain.
 


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