15 Vintage Drinks That Deserve a Comeback
Unleash your inner mixologist to concoct a round of vintage drinks. From the mint julep to the sippable Sazerac, these cocktails should all be classics. Cheers!
The sidecar was popular with bar patrons and partygoers after World War I. Traditionally made with bourbon, triple sec liqueur and lemon juice, this invigorating libation sips like a dream. Enjoy with these vintage recipes for oysters Rockefeller, roast duck and more.
Attention, chocolate aficionados: If you’re in the mood for a boozy dessert-like drink, make yourself a Brandy Alexander. This sweet, smooth brandy-based cocktail calls for creme de cacao, heavy cream and nutmeg, making it a lovely party potion.
This simple and refreshing drink is made by blending gin with fresh orange, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and club soda. It was first memorialized by the “Father of American Mixology,” Jerry Thomas, in 1876. It is typically served “on the rocks” (over ice).
Sloe Gin Fizz
Sip slowly and savor this effervescent fruit cooler. The perfect balance of sweet and tart, this drink gets its punchy flavor and ruby red color from sloe gin, a liqueur made with sloe drupes, a small plum-like fruit.
Off to the races! Created in the 18th century, the beloved mint julep is commonly known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. But you can drink this refreshing, minty beverage anywhere, anytime. All you need is bourbon, club soda, fresh mint and raw sugar.
The namesake of this famous cocktail comes from the hustling-and-bustling New York City borough, where it came onto the scene in the late 1800s. Gather the goods: bourbon, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, shake well, pour into a glass and garnish with a sweet dark cherry. Simply perfect.
The Negroni is a basic Italian cocktail that every home bartender should know. Frequently enjoyed as an aperitif, this beautiful red refresher consists of a few key ingredients: Campari, gin and sweet vermouth. Serve with an orange peel and enjoy.
Spice up the normal Negroni recipe by trying out a Negroni Sbagliato—inspired by a viral TikTok video.
Next time you visit New Orleans, order a Sazerac. This NOLA-born cocktail takes some special skills to prepare since the method requires two glasses. Licorice-flavored absinthe, smooth rye whiskey, bitters and tart lemon peel are the main flavors in this gem of a drink.
Dark and Stormy
Despite its gloomy name, the World War I era Dark and Stormy cocktail has a bright and refreshing flavor. Vivacious ginger beer, smooth dark rum and zesty lime juice make up this vintage highball.