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synecdoche Aug 2, 2009 04:45 PM

My fiancee and I are getting married. It is a ways away, but we've just booked our venue, an old 1920s ballroom. We're going to have a "signature drink" and want to get one that is appropriate to the location and our (loose) theme--art deco, Gatsby, the roarin' 20s, and such. The obvious one might be the mint julep, but neither of us are big fans. Any other suggestions? We're both fans of gin and tonic and Tom Collins...es, to give you an idea of our palates.

  1. r
    roro1831 Aug 3, 2009 01:45 PM

    Sazerac, French 75, Sidecar, there are many.

    I once had a book called The Art of the Cocktail and it was recipes for drinks from that era.

    1. r
      roro1831 Aug 3, 2009 01:46 PM


      Here's the link for the book

      1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 3, 2009 11:24 PM

        It's not much of a step from a Tom Collins to an Aviation. And boy, is that right square in your era! There is a recipe on Chow, but it's wrong.

        2 oz gin
        1/2 oz lemon juice
        2 tsp Maraschino liqueur
        1 tsp crème de violette (optional but well worth it)

        Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry. Or make your own brandied cherries and use one of those.

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
          StriperGuy Aug 5, 2009 01:27 PM

          Aviations rock.

          1. re: StriperGuy
            invinotheresverde Aug 13, 2009 10:41 PM

            They're just sooo good.

            1. re: invinotheresverde
              Up With Olives Aug 14, 2009 12:59 PM

              Everyone seems to like Aviations but they make me gag! I've tried various variations but have decided no more for me.

              I agree with the other posters. Find a vintage or retro-themed book and have a nice read. And may you enjoy many fun experimentation sessions.

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          BrooksNYC Aug 12, 2009 10:35 PM

          Ted Haigh (a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail) has expanded and re-released "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails." Recommended.


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            vinosnob Aug 13, 2009 10:02 AM


            Great story, excellent cocktail.


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              guyonatlantic Aug 20, 2009 08:10 AM

              Monkey Gland. A little unusual but still a crowd pleaser and very 20s.


              1. Monch Aug 28, 2009 08:42 AM

                Another vote for the Aviation.

                Creme de Violette is optional, but highly recommended.

                Very drinkable for everyone.

                (I donated a bottle of Creme de Violette to my favorite bar/restaurant just so I can have an Aviation when I'm out.)

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