Retro-Booze That You Should Get Acquainted With

As generations change, so do trends and tastes. That’s great for social evolution, but one by-product is that some great stuff can get left in the dust. It’s true that we don’t want to go back to the days of black-and-white TV and mono audio systems, but there are some great drinks that we just can leave in the back room to get all dusty. has come up with nine classic drinks from the past that you owe it to yourself to get cozy with – because they’ve been updated for flair, but still hold strong.

  • Amaretto Sour – A little Amaretto and some sour mix may seem stuck in the 70s, tweak with some bourbon – and you’ve got something.
  • Bobby Burns – Scotch, sweet vermouth, and Bénédictine…BOOM.
  • Brandy Alexander – What you would get if Steak ‘N Shake made “Booze Shakes.” Blend cognac, crème de cacao, and some cream.
  • Grasshopper – Originally from the 20’s, white and green crème de menthe, heavy cream, white crème de cacao and a brandy float can get an upgrade with cognac and fernet.
  • Pink Squirrel – Any drink named after a varmint is worth a try. This herbal-meets-bitter almond flavor, gets a tweak from crème de noyaux, a once popular but relatively forgotten liqueur.
  • Remember The Maine – If you dig a Rye Manhattan, then this is in your wheelhouse. While the original recipe calls for Cherry Heering liqueur, Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco liqueur, the revamp calls for cherry liqueur and a touch of absinthe.
  • Cobra’s Fang – For those who’ve heard of using Hawaiian Punch drink mix instead of Fassionola syrup – that’s a huge mistake
  • 20th Century – Gin and crème de cacao mix better than they sound – especially when paired with Cocchi Americano
  • Rusty Nail – The only bad thing is a name that sounds like a male porn star. Around since the 30’s, it’s just a couple ounces of scotch and a dose of Drambuie in a rocks glass with a chunk of ice. Done deal.

Now, try them all and dazzle your friends with your retro-drink hipness!