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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 
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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.


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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

Retro Happy Hour: More Egg Nog

 Here's another 70s recipe for egg nog from Bacardi.


Spirited Egg Nog
Old recipe from 1972 Bacardi advertising

Chill one quart container of Borden Egg Nog. Stir in 12 oz. Bacardi Dark Rum. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon and serve. Makes 11 4-oz. servings.


Someone's had a little too much egg nog.

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Recipe via Classic Film

1970s Happy Hour: two quick egg nog recipes


Egg Nog
Old recipe from 1979 Bacardi advertising

Quick Recipe
Stir half bottle (about 10 oz.) of Bacardi rum into a quart of dairy eggnog mix. Fold in one cup of whipped heavy cream. Chill. Stir. Sprinkle with nutmeg.* Makes 12 servings.

Quickie Recipe
Just blend (in a blender or use a mixer or immersion blender) 5 oz. of Bacardi and a pint of vanilla or egg nog ice cream. Sprinkle with nutmeg* and serve immediately.

*If you're not already doing so, get yourself some whole nutmeg and a nutmeg grater. Freshly grated nutmeg is so much more flavorful and fragrant that bottled ground nutmeg. It's also easier to control when used for decorative sprinkling.


This young woman is patiently waiting for her cup of egg nog.



Remember, the drinking age was only 18. During the Viet Nam era, the drinking age all over America was 18, the thinking being, if 18-year-olds are going to be drafted to fight, and possibly die, in Viet Nam, they should at least have the right to drink.

In the late 70s, the drinking age started creeping up. MADD had a lot to do with it. And drunk driving deaths did indeed decrease after the drinking age was increased. 

Recipe via Classic Film
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Retro Happy Hour: Thanksgiving Rum Punch

Thanksgiving rum punch

Mix in a punch bowl 1/2 cup (4 oz.) lemon juice, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup each cranberry juice, orange juice and strong tea, a "fifth" bottle of Puerto Rican rum, 12 cloves. Add ice cubes and lemon slices. Serves 15.


It took me a while to figure out why this old photo looks so sad to me.

It's because there are no grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, etc. 

I like a noisy Thanksgiving packed with happy people.


Image via velvettangerine

Retro Happy Hour: Sour Ball


Hiram Walker Sour Ball
1978 recipe from 1978 advertising for Hiram Walker

Pack your glass with lots of ice, pour in 1 1/2 ounces of Hiram Walker Apricot Flavored Brandy, top it off with the juices of half a lemon and half an orange and stir.


You may not have more fun drinking your Sour Ball wearing feather-trimmed pajamas but your guests definitely will if you do.


Recipe via Old Advertising
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