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Aug 24, 2008 04:02 PM

Retro cocktails for a party?

I'm throwing myself a birthday party and my inspiation is the show Mad Men on AMC. I am doing appetizers from the late 50s and early 60s and would like to serve cocktails to match.
Ideally I would like to have cocktails that I could partially mix up in a pitcher ahead of time and guests would only need to add ice and/or a single mixer.
So far, all I can come up with are manhattans, singapore slings, mai tai....
what else can I do?

Thanks in advance

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  1. Moscow mules or my preferred variation, gin-gin mules: gin, ginger beer (NOT ginger ale), and lime juice!

    1. Real(not fruity frozen drinks called that) daquiris (rum, lime juice, a little sugar and stir with ice. can be made ahead.

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      1. re: chazzerking

        Yes, real daquiris are a great idea! I refuse to drink anything but the real thing anyway...maybe I can educate my guests :)

      2. Nothing says sixties alcohol [excess?][hospitality?] to me more than a pitcher of martinis, served down. For full effect, make sure someone slurs at the end of the night "it's okay: I'll follow him home." You probably wouldn't want to mix it ahead of time, but you could measure the ingredients ahead of time.

        1. How about a Harvey Wallbanger? Very popular 50's drink - 1 park vodka, 4 parts OJ, and then when you serve it (over ice), float about a 1/2 oz of Galliano on top.

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          1. re: okd_viking

            Harvey Wallbangers were unheard of in the 50's. They didn't make their appearance untill around 1970, '68 at the earliest.

            1. re: chazzerking

              harvey wallbanger was invented in 1952

              1. re: thew

                That's right, created by the mixologist Duke Antone, and it became very popular by the 60's, both as a afternoon cocktail and for brunches. This is a great drink which you will see a lot more of, now that Galliano liqueur is being re-introduced.

                1. re: JMF

                  it may have been onvented in '52, but didn't become popular until the late 60's. If you're trying for a 50's party, HW's aren't truly period.

                  1. re: chazzerking

                    that is a very different statement than "unheard of" and "didn't make their appearance until...'68 at the earliest"

                    1. re: thew

                      okay, okay. Editorial overstatement. The fact remains that these weren't popular in the 50's and early 60's to make them a good choice for the OP .

          2. If you want to have a beer option you might consider brands that were widely popular back then, like Miller High Life, Schaefer, or Ballantine.