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With the current rage for all things vintage, why not hark back to the seventies? It’s said that you can’t buy happiness, but you can prepare a seventies cocktail, and that’s pretty much the same thing.

The Bacardi Cocktail was essentially a Daiquiri, with rum, sugar and lemon juice. In the US, cocktail aficionados prefer a dash of grenadine. Remember, time flies when you’re having Rum…


25 ml lime juice
25 ml sugar syrup
50 ml Bacardi
dash of grenadine
shake / martini glass / lime slice garnish

A Brandy Alexander, comprising cognac and crème de cacao, was popular in the early twentieth century. It’s based on the Alexander, a gin-based cocktail. Doubtless, brandy became the better choice for, as Samuel Johnson said, if you aspire to be a hero, then drink brandy.


25 ml creme de cacao (Dark)
25 ml brandy
10 ml double cream
sugar syrup
shake/ martini glass / created nutmeg on top

The Cuba Libre is made of rum (light or dark), cola and lime, though we know it in London as a Rum and Coke. Technically, that name should only be used if you omit the lime. We know what we mean, unlike Tom Cruise in ‘Cocktail.


50 ml dark rum
lime wedge

Daiquiri belongs to a family of cocktails whose ingredients are rum, lemon or lime juice and sugar or sweeteners. Fans of the Daiquiri might want to check out David A Embury’s classic book: ‘The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks’.


25 ml lime juice
25 ml sugar syrup
50 ml white rum
shake / strain / martini glass / lime wedge

A Gin and Tonic is a highball cocktail, with both ingredients poured over ice and garnished with a wedge of lemon or lime. Simple and classic for drinkers of any age.

50 ml Absolut
A dash of tonic water
Grapefruit slice
Squizzed lime
The Manhattan is traditionally mixed with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters. Often strirred and strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry, it can also be served on the rocks in a lowball glass. You might also try its close relation: The Brooklyn, using dry vermouth and maraschino liqueur.

A dash of angostura Bitters
25 ml sweet Vermouth
50 ml Bourbon Whiskey
Stirred/ martini glass / cherry
Not just for James Bond, A Martini is made with gin and vermouth. Add an olive or a lemon twist to enjoy a cocktail ‘as perfect a s a sonnet’ (HL Mencken).

25 ml Dry Vermouth
50 ml Gin or Vodka
Stirred / martini glass / olive or lemon twist
A Pink Lady was often the gin cocktail of choice, the other ingredients and colour designed to disguise a poor quality of gin in the prohibition era. Gin, grenadine, egg-white and the balancing flavour of lemon makes it a party drink without peer.

25 ml lemon juice
25 ml Cointreau
1 eggwhite
50 ml Gin
10 ml Grenadine
Shake/ Straw/ martini glass / raspberry decoration

The Piña Colada is a dessert in itself, composed as it is of rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice, served with blended ice or just shaken. It can be served with a slice of fresh pineapple or a maraschino cherry as a garnish, or both if you’re feeling reckless. Quite rightly, the Piña Colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.

50 ml sugar syrup
15 ml pineapple juice
20 ml malibu
25 ml white rum
10 ml double cream
Blend/ crushed ice/ pineapple garnish

A Screwdriver is, at heart, orange juice and vodka though you can drink many variations which include equal parts vodka, orange juice and orange soda. It is said to have got its name from construction workers in the Middle East who doctored their orange juice with forbidden vodka and stirred it with – yes you guessed it – a screwdriver, in order to avoid suspicion.


50 ml vodka
top up with orange juice
orange slice as a garnish 

The Sidecar is a glorious concoction of cognac, orange liqueur(Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Grand Gala) and lemon juice. Its origins are hazy, though it became the drink of the fashionable set in London and Paris in the 1920s.


25 ml lemon juice
25 ml cointreau
50 ml cognac
sugar syrup
martiniglass/ shake/ no garnish

The Tequila Sunrise resembles a glorious Californian sunrise, layered unmixed in a tall glass and made up of tequila, orange juice and grenadine. The drink oriiginated in the 1970s, inspiring a song of the same name by The Eagles.


50 ml tequila Blanco
10 ml orange juice
float of cranberry juice
orange slice garnish

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