20s Themed Drinks
Bacardi Cocktails were originally a Daiquiri served straight up just Rum and lime juice. As the drink became Americanized it included grenadine which gives it a sweeter taste and red color.
The Bay Breeze is an off shoot of all the drinks out of the 20’s and 30’s that are part of the Cap Codder family which is Vodka and Cranberry. With the Bay Breeze, it is a little Cranberry, Grapefruit juice and generous portion of Vodka. Cool and refreshing it is usually served in the summer months.
While there is much speculation on where the name came from, the Brandy Alexander first started showing up in cocktail books from the 20’s. So it may have been Tsar Alexander II or Alexander Woollcott, we may never know for sure, but it is surely a great after dinner drink that goes down smooth and rich.
The French 75 was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris---later Harry's New York Bar---by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a "75 Cocktail", or "Soixante Quinze" in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York. An elegant drink with Gin and Champagne with a great kick it a drink that was enjoyed by the upper class elite both men and women. Shades of Downton Abbey all that is needed is lace gloves or an ascot.
Many drinks are an offshoot of the Gin and Vodka drinks out of the 20’s and 30’s that are part of the Cap Codder family which is Vodka and Cranberry. There are many variations on this drink like the Bay Breeze, Sea Breeze, Greyhound… Any way you look at it the drink reminds you of summer by the sea!
There have been whole blogs books and articles written on the Martini and if it should be shaken or stirred. Stirring is recommended for all drinks that do not contain fruit juice as it keeps the ice pieces created when shaking from diluting the drink. Martini people take their gin very seriously. So let’s break it down, Martinis = Gin and Vermouth. Modern Martinis use dry or white Vermouth. Now a days a dry Martini is one that has very little Vermouth, the dryer the smaller the portion of Vermouth to Gin, those with more Vermouth are wet. A dirty Martini is one where the brine from the olive jar is poured into the drink adding a salty taste. When you move into Vodka Martinis these are not true Martinis but are part of the drinks that are called Martinis or fill in the blank – tinis. Since we are more interested in what tasted good, a personal choice, we have a variety of Martinis including some that are tini’s called that more because of the glass they are served in as opposed to being a classic Martini. So have yours shaken or stirred, it’s up to you! Just enjoy. Like all spirit only drinks this is where you want to spend you dollars on the good stuff. Have a Gin tasting party with everyone bringing different brands and you’ll find that the tastes vary wildly. Have fun and bottoms up.
Planters Punch is today considered not a specific cocktail, but rather has grown as the generic name for a set of rum-based punches. Recipes vary, containing some combination of lemon juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice, grenadine, soda water, curaçao, Angostura bitters, and cayenne pepper. Another one of the drinks popularized by Trader Vic’s as part of the Tiki bar explosion. The first mention of the drink is in the late 1800’s and again in 1905. It gained popularity in the 50’s and 60’s as the tropical drink craze swept the US. Our recipe has all the standard ingredients but there are many variations on this theme. This is a drink you can play around with, more pineapple or less… It really is a matter of taste.
The Rob Roy is a cocktail created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. The drink was named in honor of the premiere of Rob Roy, an operetta by composer Reginald De Koven and lyricist Harry B. Smith loosely based upon Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor. This drink became more popular in the 1920’s and remains a staple behind the bar today.
Bee's Knees was slang in the 20's for something new and fresh, this drink was mostly likely named for that saying. We used Raw Organic Orange Blossom Honey to make the honey syrup. There are different raw honeys and they will carry with them the flower flavor so experiment if you're a honey lover.
An aperitif the Negroni is a classic drink from 1919. Slightly bitter, many people double the amount of gin since the flavors of the Campri and sweet vermouth are no longer needed to mask the flavor of gin that would have been available during that time.
Basically a gin martini with Crème de Cassis, currant flavor, the Parisian's flavor is a little sweeter and fruitier. Great if you need something to take the edge off the gin taste.
Chrysanthemum - One of the classic cocktails and aperitif, this may be a little old fashioned for some but it grows on you. A before dinner drink that helps set the tone for dinner this is the perfect classy way to start a meal.
Drinks listed on this page are: Absolute Martini, Bacardi Cocktail, Belvedere Martini, Bombay Martini, Bombay Sapphire Martini, Brandy Alexander, French 75, Frozen Grasshopper, Gibson, Grasshopper, Grey Goose Martini, Ketel One Martini, Lemon Drop Martini, Old Fashion, Planters Punch, Rob Roy, Sidecar, Yellow Bird, Bees Knees Negroni, Parisian, Chrysanthemum, Algonquin, Blood And Sand,