The 1930s were the era of gangsters, art deco, skyscrapers, AND cocktails

As I researched for The Art Deco Mystery Series, I came across a lot of great vintage cocktail recipes. I wanted to share some of my favorites. If you want to step back in time a bit, serve the cocktails in a coffee cup like they did in the speakeasys of New York City. Enjoy!


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The Bad Romance (Not Lady Gaga version) was actually created just for the Wit’s End club in NYC. It uses only Prohibition bootlegged liquor, and it does pack a punch! But it’s a lot of fun and a great drink for your repertoire. Here you go!

 To make a small pitcher of the mix, combine 1 cup tequila, ½ Cup lime juice, ½ Cup cranberry simple syrup. Stir together. To make the cocktail, pour into a martini glass about half-full, top with champagne. I made my own cranberry simple syrup with 1 Cup Cranberry juice and ¾ C sugar, dissolved together over low heat. 

 

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The Floradora cocktail was named after a Broadway musical hit from the early 1900's.

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin (or vodka if you prefer)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce framboise liqueur
  • Ginger ale
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Pour the gin, framboise, and lime juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Here is an updated version of the Whiskey Sour. It’s my FAVORITE summer drink this year. Maybe every year. You won’t be disappointed. 

Whiskey Sour mix:

  • 9 oz favorite margarita mix
  •  7 oz simple syrup
  • 3 oz lemon juice
  • 3 oz lime juice

Mix it up, put it in a favorite bottle. Shake two parts sour mix with two parts of your fave bourbon or whiskey (I like Knob Creek or Buffalo Trace), with ice. Serve in tumblers over ice and ENJOY! **Drink responsibly, this one packs a punch AND it’s delicious.