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  • Electric Dreamz, Christine Moller

Turn The Spotlight On The Best Vintage Cocktails In The World

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

Make These Three Insanely Delightful And Awesome Vintage Cocktails For Your Vintage Theme Party

If you have decided on a Vintage theme for your special event, birthday party or wedding — A Vintage Cocktails Bar will simply delight your guests. Oh Golly! — as they said back in the day — you can have so much fun with resurrecting these classic drinks. The cocktail names alone, conjure up mystery and intrigue reminiscent of the past. Some of these were either invented or drunk by iconic figures like Hemmingway, Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong. The Electric Dreamz team picked three classic Vintage Cocktails to celebrate your party with.

Moonwalk Cocktail

"One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

The moon landing is certainly one of the biggest events that mark our history and a historical marker to remember and celebrate at your Vintage party. This classic cocktail is a refreshing fruity and floral combo and ideal for guests with a sweet tooth. It was the first cocktail to be had by astronauts — Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong after their 1969 moon landing.

3 drops of rose water

30 ml fresh grapefruit juice

30 ml of orange liqueur

top-up with champagne or sparkling wine

Mix the rose water, grapefruit juice and orange liqueur into a shaker with ice. Shake it up and then pour it into a champagne flute — top up all the way to the brim with your choice of either sparkling wine or champagne.

Death in the Afternoon

The infamous Mr. Ernerst Hemmingway invented this drink and he did love his drink, hence so many bars and pubs are named after this Nobel prize author. According to his instructions stipulated in a celebrity recipe book of his time, he gave instructions to: “Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”

The name — Death in the Afternoon — expresses exactly what its author intended. This drink is not for the 'faint of heart' or 'light-weight 'drinker, especially not in the quantities prescribed by Mr. Hemmingway himself.

45 ml absinthe

130 ml champagne

Pour the two drinks together in a coupe glass or a champagne flute and enjoy!

The Bee’s Knees

Ever heard this expression? — "Well he is just the bees knees, isn't he!?"

The phrase "the bee's knees" is used to point someone out in earnest as being exceptional or sometimes as a sarcastic quip of someone who thinks very highly of themselves. It means "the height of excellence" and became a popular expression in America during the 1920's, it is like the phrase "the cat's whiskers".

The cocktails originated during the times of prohibition when alcohol was home-brewed in bathtubs or the like. These secretive concoctions often had an undesirably potent taste and needed to be jazzed up with some better tasting ingredients like honey and citrus — thus came the Bee’s Knees into existence. And it is yummy!

60 ml gin

20 ml lemon juice

20 ml honey syrup

So simple, yet delicious, shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, then pour it into a low-ball glass or tumbler and feel free to garnish with some lemon peel.

Get the party started — Cheers from us!

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