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70s Cocktails

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, August 13, 2017 Under: food drink


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Some of my fondest memories are of my mom and dad having outdoor parties during warm summer evenings replete with a fully stocked bar and disco music piped through built-in speakers around the patio. Afterall, it was the 70's. I would sneak downstairs from my bedroom to watch grown ups in their polyester finest dancing to disco, ordering up cocktails at the bar, and laughing and having a good time.

One time, having snuck down to watch, my dad caught site of me but before sending me back to bed he grabbed my hand and took me for a spin out on the patio while Bee Gees crooned "You should be dancing!" and everyone smiled indulgently. I felt so grown up.

Now that I have grown up and can order up my own cocktails it occured to me recently that there are some drinks you just don't hear about very much anymore, if at all. In doing some searching through old cookbooks I found recipes for those 70's classics and thought I would share them.

70's Cocktails


Notes:
A "jigger" or shot is generally 1.5 fluid ounces
"Sugar Syrup" is 1 part water to 2 parts sugar, boiled for five minutes

Martini
1 to 2 jiggers dry vermouth
6 to 7 jiggers gin

Shake with 3/4 cup cracked ice and pour into martini glass. Add a twist of lemon peel or small seeded olive.


Manhattan
Stir well with ice cubes:
   1 jigger dry vermouth
   1 jigger sweet vermouth
   6 jiggers bourbon or rye

Add to each drink:
   1 dash angostura bitters

Finish with a Maraschino cherry


Screwdriver
2 jiggers vodka
6 jiggers fresh orange juice

Shake well with 3/4 cup cracked ice. Strain into chilled glasses decorated with a small slice of orange.


Gimlet
1 tablespoon Sugar Syrup
2 large jiggers lime juice
5 jiggers gin

Shake, using 3/4 cup cracked ice. Strain into chilled glasses.


Tom Collins
1 tablespoon Sugar Syrup
Juice of medium-sized lemon
2 jiggers gin

Combine in a 14- or 16-oz. glass with 4 ice cubes. Fill glass with carbonated water. Stir and serve immediately.


Highball
In a highball glass filled with ice pour:
   1 1/3 jiggers whiskey
and then top with Ginger ale


Harvey Wallbanger
Combine in a highball glass:
   1 jigger vodka
   2 1/2 jiggers orange juice

Using a teaspoon turned upside down pour over drink:
   1/3 jigger Galliano

Garnish with orange slice


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