Gin (mother's little helper) was the big drink of the 50s and the basis for many cocktail concoctions - classics included martinis, highballs, screwdrivers, champagne punches, mint juleps and Tom Collins's. Here's a few recipes for drinks popular in the mid 20th century:
|Pretty Pink Squirrel|
3/4 oz creme de noyaux---> a red tinged, French liqueur with almond flavouring
3/4 oz white creme de cacao
1 1/2 oz of cream or a scoop of ice-cream!
Not exacty obscure but a fine old drink with the zing of mint, especially appealing to the sweet tooths.
2 and 1/2 ozs of Brandy
1 oz of club soda
1 tsp of fine sugar
A slice of orange
1 maraschino cherry
4 fresh sprigs of mint
Gin and Sin
This one sounds dangerous...but nice.
1 and 1/2 ozs of Gin
1 oz of lemon juice
1 oz of sugar syrup
1 tsp of Grenadine
This cranberry cocktail, invented in the 1920s was popular in the 50s up until1958, when the US Health Department announced that the cranberry crop had been tainted by toxic herbicides - kind of put people off and it didn't become popular again until the 1970s.
1 and 1/2 ozs of vodka
4 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 and 1/half ozs of cranberry juice
1 lime wedge
Put everything into a highball glass, stir and decorate with a lime wedge. For a foamy finish, shake in cocktail mixer.
An eternally popular drink and definitely big in the 50s.
1 sugar lump
1 or 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 measure of brandy
4 measures of chilled champagne
1 slice of orange
Place sugar lump into a chilled cocktail glass and saturate with the bitters. Add the brandy and top up the glass with champagne. Decorate with a slice of orange.
5 or 6 ice cubes
Half measure of dry vermouth
3 measures of gin
1 green olive
The atomic cocktail was a purely 1950s invention, inspired by the nuclear testing that was going on at the time. I'm not 100% sure of this one -might be a bomb, as I've heard it described by one person as 'disgusting'. Hmm.
1 1/2 ozs vodka
1 1/2 ozs brandy
1 teaspoon sherry
1 1/2 ounces Brut champagne
Don't forget to serve some period appropriate hors d'oeuvres to your guests in between drinks...such as, fancy canapes (devilled ham, savoury mushrooms), ham and egg balls, cocktail sausages, fruit cups, stuffed eggs, asparagus rolls, cheese straws, cocktail frankfurts, stuffed olives, devils on horseback...