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Future Retro Happy Hour: Bailey's Easter cocktail

Easter cocktail

Consider this a future retro recipe. It's an Easter cocktail from Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Coffee — and an excuse to buy yourself some Cadbury Mini Eggs.


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Drop several ice cubes into a shaker and pour over 2 1/2 oz. (or about 1/3 cup) of Baileys with a Hint of Coffee.

Add a scant ounce (or about 1/2 tsp.) of vodka and an equal amount of espresso.

Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with three Cadbury Mini Eggs.


Retro Happy Hour: Spicy Holiday Punch

Here's a nifty old recipe for homemade holiday punch. Make it with or without alcohol. 


Spicy Punch
Old recipe from 1964 Sprite advertising

1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup fresh lemon juice
12 bottles of Sprite (bottles held about 8 oz. back in the day, so "12 bottles" would equal about one and a half 2-liter bottles' worth of Sprite)
food coloring, if desired

Combine all ingredients except Sprite. Add food coloring, if desired. Chill. Add cold Sprite just before serving. Makes 38 4-oz. servings.

If desired, add 1 part blended whiskey to 5 parts punch. Also good with brandy or rum.


 Nice girls don't hang around the punchbowl making eyes at strange men. Just saying.


Recipe via SenseiAlan
Image via My Luscious Life

Easy peasy spiked eggnog

This recipe calls for you to whip up some cream and fold it into store-bought eggnog. That makes the result homemade, as far as I'm concerned.

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Bacardi Eggnog
Recipe from 1955 Bacardi advertising

1. Pour 2 quarts of non-alcoholic eggnog into a punch bowl.

2. Stir in a fifth of Bacardi rum, light or dark.

3. Fold in a pint of stiffly whipped cream, then chill for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator.

4. Top individual servings with a light sprinkling of ground nutmeg.



So, Vern got the macrame plant hanger from his craft-y mother.

Right before he snapped the photo, Dad referred to Mom's creation as a commie hippie rope contraption.

Mom didn't think that was funny but it cracked up Bobby Joe.

Recipe via Jon Williamson

Retro Happy Hour: Seven-Up Collins

I'd make this drink in a tall glass — you'll want to leave room for a decent amount of Seven-Up — a jigger of gin is an ounce and a half.


Seven-Up Collins
Recipe from 1956 Seven-Up advertising

Ice, a jigger of gin and chilled 7-Up to the top of the glass.


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Petey's Bungalow Lounge is a bar on the main drag in Oak Lawn, Illinois. I love their old neon sign, though I've never been inside. It pretty much looks like a place where Don Draper would go to get drunk and go home with a woman whose name he already forgot.

Recipe via Leif Peng
Image via Found in Mom's Basement

Three boozy desserts from 1970

Proof you can have your cocktail and eat it, too.

1970 dessert recipes

Two Striper Parfait
Pour 1/2 oz. Hiram Walker Green Creme de menthe in parfait glass, spoon in some ice cream. Add 1/2 oz. Hiram Walker Brown Creme de Cacao, more ice cream, and so on, until the glass is full. Put in freezer.

Melon Balls Deluxe
Scoop out 2 different kinds of melons with ball-shaped cutter. Marinate balls in opposite shells, using 2 to 4 oz. Hiram Walker Orange Curacao. Chill and serve.

Hawaiian Parfait
Place pineapple ring in a solid stem champagne class and top with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour over 3/4 oz. Hiram Walker Green Creme de Menthe. Sprinkle with toasted coconut, dust with crushed pecans and top with a cherry.


 No, this young woman did not raid her parents' liquor cabinet. This is how short we wore our skirts in 1971.


Image via ozfan22

Retro Happy Hour: Chambord Cocktail

FYI, Chambord is a French raspberry liqueur. The brand was founded in 1982, just a year before this ad ran. 

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Chambord Cocktail
Retro recipe from a 1983 Chambord ad

3/4 oz. Chambord
juice of a large wedge of lemon

Pour into a wine glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice (or small ice cubes). Stir and serve.


 I know it's not prom season, but since today's recipe is from the 80s...


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Retro Happy Hour: The classics never go out of style

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Today's drinks come straight off a 1950s placemat.

Rob Roy
1 part sweet Vermouth

2 parts Scotch
Dash Angostura bitters
Stir with cracked ice, strain, serve with twist of lemon peel

Gin 'n Tonic
Juice and rind of 1/4 lime
1 1/2 oz. fry Gin
Quinine water (a.k.a. tonic water)
Put lime, gin, ice cubes in 8-oz. glass; fill with tonic

Champagne Cocktail
1 lump sugar
Dash Angostura bitters
Chilled Champagne
Saturate lump of sugar with dash of bitters, add ice cubes, fill with champagne, top with a twist of lemon peel


A classic cocktail deserves a classic cocktail dress. This one's from the 50s.


Recipes via Etsy 
Image via Hubpages Style

Retro Holiday Happy Hour: Modhouse Punch (made with or without alcohol)


Modhouse Punch
1960s recipe from old Sprite advertising

1 6-oz. pkg. lime Jell-O
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup to 1 cup bottled lime juice (though I bet fresh lime juice would be better)
2 12-oz. cans frozen concentrate for limeade
90 oz. Sprite
1 tsp. almond extract (this is mentioned in the ingredients list but not the recipe; use your discretion) 

Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Then stir in frozen limeade concentrate. Add lime juice.

To serve, pour into bowl over 1 1/2 quarts of cracked ice. Add Sprite.

If you like, add a fifth of vodka.

Makes about 48 4-oz. servings.


A little mod inspiration — Carnaby Street in London, all decked out for Christmas in the 1960s.


Via Shelf Life Taste Test
Photo via Wiggle That Wotsit

Retro Happy Hour: Planter's Punch


Planters' Punch
Vintage recipe from 1947 Myers's rum advertising

One of sour (one part fresh lime juice). Two sweet (two parts sugar). Three of strong (three parts Myers's Jamaica Rum). Four of weak (four parts water and ice).


I have a soft spot for old neon signs. They're disappearing fast, largely because they're ridiculously expensive to fix.


Recipe via Classic Film
Image via Peter Zarria

Retro Holiday Happy Hour: Athole Brose

According to this 1971 advertisement, Athole is a small town in Scotland. And Brose is the Scottish word for brew.

Athol Brose is something like egg nog without the eggs. 

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Athole Brose
1971 recipe from old Dewar's advertising

1 cup honey (heather honey from Scotland, if you want to be 100% authentic
1 1/2 to 2 cups heavy sweet cream
2 cups Dewar's White Label Scotch Whisky

Heat honey and, when it thins slightly, stir in the cream. Heat together, but do not boil. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the whisky. It may be served hot or cold. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

For complete authenticity, soak 1 cup of oatmeal (not the instant kind) in two cups of water overnight. Strain and mix the liquid with the other ingredients. (Still want to be 100% authentic?)


"No, Grandma, I swear Athole is not a cuss word!"


Recipe via Maria