Retro cocktails with feminine flair
Old-fashioned cocktails may be having a trendy resurgence, but they're not just for mustachioed hipsters and Scotch-guzzling men. Below, our favorite ways to shake, stir and serve with entirely ladylike elegance.
Learn your history Go beyond ho-hum concoctions (not to mention anything "-tini"), with a crash course in mixology. Though there are many useful resources, we like the new Illustrated Guide to Cocktails ($25), a book which pairs sophisticated, feminine recipes and darling drawings with fascinating stories from drink-making history.
Stock your bar In addition to the basics, keep a few interesting ingredients on hand. We're loving Royal Rose's simple syrups ($11)--their easy-to-make, signature gin cocktail has quickly become our summer go-to--as well as recently re-released Crème Yvette ($50). The iconic, violet-scented liquor and 1940s staple mixes perfectly with clear liquors for delicious and subtly sweet drinks (click here for a classic Blue Moon recipe).
Get the look You don't need us to remind you that presentation is everything. Shake up your fabulous creations in a Yari mixing glass ($48), which is lovely enough to pass for Waterford, and serve in retro glasses like Anthropologie's rippled coupe ($14).
Your guests will think you're the bee's knees.