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4 Retro Cocktails That Are Reclaiming The Spotlight

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Do you love sipping cocktails? Do you also enjoy trying new flavours and combinations? In that case, you must be interested in some of the delicious retro cocktails that have made a comeback recently. These drinks were the most sought-after cocktails in the past but had faded slightly over time. However, with more people craving to sip something delectable and bartenders trying to mix forgotten classics, these cocktails have found their footing again! While nostalgic cocktail connoisseurs might swear that these cocktails were always a top choice. So, why not try them yourself and see why these cocktail recipes have started to steal the spotlight again?

4 Must-Try Retro Cocktail Recipes 

1. Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Old-Fashioned Cocktail
This is a simple, elegant and easy-to-mix whisky cocktail. This classic cocktail was invented in the late 1800s and it’s one of the most iconic and oldest whisky cocktails. A true whisky connoisseur would appreciate this sophisticated drink that perfectly brings out the complexity and flavours of the spirit. This recipe uses the finest Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky. Here’s the cocktail recipe that you can try at home:

Ingredients
- Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky - 60ml
- Angostura Bitters - 3 dashes
- Water - 1 teaspoon
- Sugar - 1 teaspoon
- Orange Twist - 1
- Ice

Method
- Grab a mixing glass and add sugar followed by bitters
- Pour one teaspoon of water into the mixing glass
- Stir the ingredients together until the sugar is completely dissolved
- Next, fill the mixing glass with ice
- Measure and pour Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky into the mixing glass
- Stir well to combine
- Prepare a rocks glass by placing a big block of ice in it
- Using a cocktail strainer, strain the mixture from the mixing glass into the prepared rocks glass
- Twist an orange peel to express the oils into the drink and drop it into the glass to garnish

2. White Russian Cocktail Recipe

White Russian Cocktail
A popular twist to the classic black Russian cocktail, white Russian came into existence somewhere during the 1960s. The white Russian cocktail gained popularity thanks to the cult movie The Big Lebowski. Ever since it’s known to add a touch of elegance and indulgence to the moments. The creamy caress of vodka and coffee liqueur creates a delicious blend of flavours that will whisper sweet nothings to your taste buds. Here’s the cocktail recipe for you to try at home:

Ingredients
- Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka - 60ml
- Coffee Liqueur - 30ml
- Heavy cream - top up
- Ice

Method
- Grab a rocks glass and fill it with ice
- Measure and pour Smirnoff No. 21 vodka into the glass followed by coffee liqueur
- Top up the drink with heavy cream
- Stir gently and serve.

3. Gin Rickey Cocktail Recipe

Gin Rickey Cocktail
Dating back to the 19th century, the Gin Rickey cocktail is made by combining gin, fresh lime and soda. It was initially made using bourbon and was named after Joe Rickey from Washington, D.C. Today, it’s one of the most popular gin cocktails and it’s absolutely easy to mix. It’s also one of the few retro cocktails that don’t use sugar in the recipe. Gin Rickey boasts a dry profile with a delectable tart that will thrill the senses. Here’s the cocktail recipe for you to try at home:

Ingredients
- Tanqueray No TEN Gin - 50ml
- Lime Juice - 15ml
- Club Soda - 50ml
- Lime Wheel - 1-2
- Ice

Method
- Grab a Collins glass and fill it with ice
- Measure and pour Tanqueray No TEN Gin to the glass
- Next, add freshly squeezed lime juice to the glass
- Top up the drink with club soda 
- Garnish with lime wheels and serve!

4. Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail
Inspired by the famous writer - Ernest Hemingway, who loved daiquiris, this cocktail is deliciously fruity and elegant. The tropical flavours of rum and citrus come alive in this retro drink. Gaining popularity recently, this tempting take on the classic Daiquiri is a must-try if you are a fan of rum cocktails. Here’s the cocktail recipe for you to try at home:

Ingredients
- Captain Morgan Rum - 50ml
- Sour Cherry Liqueur - 1 Splash
- Red Grapefruit Juice - 25ml
- Fresh Lime Juice - 10ml
- Simple Syrup - 10ml

Method
- Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice
- Measure and pour Captain Morgan Rum, sour cherry liqueur, fresh red grapefruit juice, simple syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice into the shaker
- Shake vigorously to combine 
- Using a cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass
- Garnish with cherries and serve!