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Retro Cocktails For Your Pad

Written by Christopher Alm • September 23rd, 2009
Retro Cocktails For Your Pad

Do you know who Tom Collins is? Ever tried a Old Fashioned? Here are a couple of ideas for drinks that will make sure that your next retro themed Mad Men cocktail party is one for the books. Which is your favorite retro cocktail? Bottoms up from Ultra Swank.


  • 2 oz. Gin or Vodka
  • 2 drops Dry Vermouth (use less Vermouth for a drier Martini)
  • Garnish with olive or lemon twist

Tom Collins

  • Fill a Collins glass with ice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Gin
  • Fill glass with equal amounts of Sweet & Sour and soda Water
  • Garnish with a cherry and a lime squeeze

Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz. Brandy or Whiskey
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 3 oz. Squirt or Grapefruit Soda
  • Maraschino Cherry
  • Garnish with lemon and orange slices
  • Use 7UP for a sweeter drink


  • 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth or Dry Vermouth
  • Dash Angostura Bitters (optional)
  • Garnish with maraschino Cherry

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Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Cam

    “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.'” ;) ….with a “Tom Collins” please!

  • Lee

    Make my martini with vodka (Ketel One or Belvedere) and ditch the olive. YUM! I call it a Razorblade Martini in honor of a fictitious live performance by Portishead at the Albert Frey designed North Shore Yacht Club on the glorious Salton Sea.

    As always, Chris, your positing are a pleasure to read.

  • Dawn

    One of my all time fav old radio show lines? From Vincent Price as The Saint: “How about an Old Fashioned with a new acquaintance?”

    And, yes, no food in my martini, please….

  • Diego

    I’ve been trying these classic cocktails one by one recently. I had my very first old-fashioned and found out they’re better with cheap bourbon!!

  • sondenkind

    champagne+aperol for me with some color matching sunset

  • @Lee I believe that James Bond likes it that way too.

    @Sondenkind Isn’t that the drink from norhern Italy? What’s it called again?

  • i am lovin it.

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