10 Retro Cocktails That Definitely Deserve a Comeback

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Bren Did

Some things are better left in the past (bolo ties, dial-up Internet and your high school prom photos). Others should never have gone away in the first place. Case in point, these delicious old-fashioned tipples that are totally due for a resurgence. Here’s how to make them at home this weekend.

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Brooklyn Supper



Invented after WWI and purportedly named after the motorcycle vehicle, this drink made with Cognac, Cointreau, lemon and sugar is a sour, boozy delight.


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Bren Did  


Gin Rickey

For an ultra-refreshing sip, you can’t beat this gin, lime and soda water combo. No wonder F. Scott Fitzgerald was so fond of it. (Cheers, old sport.)

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Gimme Some Oven


Old Fashioned

This whisky cocktail may be Don Draper’s drink of choice, but its origins go back way before the Mad Men era—all the way to the 1880s.

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Cookie and Kate 


The Gimlet

Apparently this gin and lime cocktail came about in the 19th century after a naval doctor recommended sailors drink it to ward off scurvy. To your health!

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Live Laugh Rowe  


Amaretto Sour

This '70s classic gets a bad rap, but ditch the sour mix for simple syrup (it’s easy to make) and you’ve got a perfect mix of sweet and tart.

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Laura Wing/Jim Kamoosi


French 75

Word to the wise—this Prohibition-era Champagne cocktail is more dangerous than it looks. (Hey, there’s a reason it’s named after the French 75mm gun.)

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The Drink Blog



Crème de menthe gives this cocktail its green hue, while crème de cacao and cream make it taste like dessert. A 1920s boozy milkshake? Yes please.


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Inspired Taste


Tom Collins

Retro cocktails don’t come much better than this refreshingly sweet gin drink that dates back to 1876. Who was Tom Collins, you ask? Nobody knows.

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Boulder Locavore 


White Lady

This dry gin cocktail with Cointreau was first enjoyed in 1930s London, but we think it would make a perfect modern-day signature wedding drink.

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The Drink Blog  


Brandy Alexander

When you can’t decide between dessert and a drink, give John Lennon’s favorite concoction of brandy, crème de cacao and cream a try. Yum.

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