Swinging 60’s Cocktail Recipes

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Swinging 60’s Cocktail Recipes

Five Swinging 60s Cocktail Recipes

With the popularity of TV show Mad Men, Sixties glamour has never been so popular. Whether it’s a scintillating Tom Collins, or a zesty Bloody Mary, it’s all about smoky lounges, jazzy bars and the pulse of the urban jungle. Here five of some of the most timeless cocktail classics, which are perfect for that dressed-up Mad Men-themed party.

Tom Collins

Have you seen Tom Collins? This refreshing summer favourite took New York by storm in the 1870s, and was particularly popular on the Manhattan 60s bar scene. It mixes the dryness of gin with a sour splash of lemon and invigorating soda.

Simply mix 30ml of London dry gin with the same amount of lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of fine sugar, or 15ml syrup, and mix well. Top with club soda, and garnish with a luscious maraschino cherry.

Bloody Mary

This great pick-me-up might not cure your hangover, but it’ll definitely give you a boost at brunch. It originated at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1920s – a popular Ernest Hemingway watering-hole – and has been popular ever since.

Just mix 45ml of vodka, 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of horseradish and 4 dashes of Tabasco sauce in a Collins glass. Add ice, and top off with some cold tomato juice. Season with salt and pepper, mix well, and garnish with a crisp stick of celery.

Vodka Gimlet

This is refreshing little drink pulls no punches. The name “Gimlet” is interestingly derived from the tool of the same name, which is used for drilling small holes. Figuratively, it refers to anything sharp and piercing – which could possibly refer to the “piercing” effects of the drink on one’s sobriety!

Simply mix together 45ml of vodka with 30ml of lime juice in a mixing glass. Top the mixer with ice, shake and strain into a short rocks glass or a martini glass. Add three to four wedges of fresh lime for presentation.


This classic sour has an alluring dash of French charm. It originated in Paris during WWII, featuring on the best of French brandy. Mix 45ml of Cognac with 20ml of triple sec and 20ml of lime juice. Shake all of these ingredients together in a chilled mixing glass, and then pour into a martini glass that has been rimmed with sugar.

Garnish with a wedge of orange. Be careful when blending the ingredients, as the perfect balance between sweet and sour is essential. If you want a fruiter Sidecar, substitute French brandy with the Spanish equivalent, De Jerez.


This drink is bold, enlivening and relaxing. Its legacy stretches back to the early heyday of American mixology in 1874, where the Manhattan Club reigned supreme. It was the epitome of the grandeur of old New York – just think cigars and Ragtime. The essential ingredient of this cocktail is rye, with its notable dry and musky flavours. Many people, however, prefer to substitute rye for bourbon.

Grab a mixing glass, and pour in 55ml of rye whiskey, 25ml of sweet vermouth and a dash or aromatic bitters. Top with ice, and shake well. Strain the mixture into a martini glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

So, haul out your best tweed suit, grab a mixing glass, and get shaking! These drinks will take you all the way back to 1965.