10 Retro Cocktails That Need To Come Back... '70s Style

Retro drinks are way more fun and interesting.

Let's face it, most of us are nostalgic for all things vintage. Whether it's '40s fedoras, '50s-style Ikea furniture or '60s cupcakes. Why? Because let's face it, they had style. They also remind us of a more innocent time. 

Well, there's nothing innocent about these '70s style cocktails. We've got some recipes for you to enjoy during the last season of all-time best retro show "Mad Men." The show's timeline has reached the '70s, so what better way to celebrate (or drown your sorrow that the show's ending) than with drinks from that era. 


1. Harvey Wallbanger

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1 1/2 ounces vodka

4 ounces orange juice

1/2 ounce Galliano

1 orange slice for garnish

Fill highball glass with ice cubes. Mix vodka and orange juice and stir. Float Galliano on top. Garnish with orange slice.

2. Tequila Sunrise

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2 msr tequila

orange juice

2 dashes grenadine syrup

Pour tequila into ice-filled highball glass.  Top with orange juice and stir. Add grenadine. Let sit at bottom of glass. The bottom of the drink should look more red than it does in this photo. Do not stir. Garnish with a straw and cherry or orange. (Little umbrella optional.)

3. Cuba Libre

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2 oz light rum

juice of 1/2 limes


Pour lime juice into ice cube-filled highball glass. Add rum and fill with cola. Stir and enjoy. 

4. Grasshopper

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3/4 oz green creme de menthe

3/4 oz white creme de cacao

3/4 oz light cream

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

5. Rob Roy

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2 oz Scotch whisky

.75 oz Sweet vermouth

3 dashes Angostura Bittersgarnis

Add ingredients to mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir and strain into rocks glass. Garnish with cherry.

6. Brandy Alexander

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1 1/2 oz brandy

1 oz dark creme de cacao

1 oz half-and-half or heavy cream

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

Combine brandy, crème de cacao, and half-and-half or heavy cream in a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously. 

7. Pink Lady

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1 1/2 ounces gin

3/4 ounce applejack

1/4 ounce lemon juice

1-2 dashes grenadine

1 egg white

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake hard. Fill shaker with ice and shake. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

8. Manhattan

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3/4 oz sweet vermouth

2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey

1 dash Angostura® bitters

Combine whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in ice filled shaker.  Stir well and strain into cocktail glass. Add cherry and orange slice. 

9. Singapore Sling

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1/2 oz grenadine syrup

1 oz gin

sweet and sour mix

club soda

1/2 oz cherry brandy

Pour grenadine into the bottom of ice filled highball glass. Add gin and fill with equal parts sweet and sour and club soda. Top with cherry brandy. Garnish with cherry. Serve unstirred. 

10. Old Fashioned

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2 dashes aromatic bitters

½ tsp sugar dissolved with water and bitters

1½ oz of bourbon

1 cherry

Fill glass with ice. Don't forget the cherry and orange slice they omitted in the photo. Pour in bourbon. Serve in a rocks glass over ice.

Watch the trailer for Mad Men's final season. It's so stylish it hurts.

Share the cocktail recipes with your friends. Cheers... retro style.

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