A vintage twist
Photography by Ashley Fraser
Summer weekends spent at the cottage are even sweeter when shared with friends over a few old-fashioned cocktails.
And what’s more fitting than a vintage-inspired spirit bar? Antique-styled urns full of spiked drinks, later garnished with mint and fruit, set the perfect tone for a grown-up afternoon in the sun. These drinks have been popular for decades, which gives a retro feel to your bar. So put out some highballs, stir sticks and striped straws across a picnic table and toast summer, Mad Men style.
Blood and Sand
This recipe is from the world’s first cocktail book, Jerry Thomas’ Bartending Guide (1887).
- 1 ounce (28 g) blended scotch
- 1 ounce (28 g) fresh orange juice
- 3/4 ounce (20 g) Cherry Heering liqueur
- Ice cubes
- Mix well. Garnish with cherries.
This prohibition-era drink is hot in Toronto.
- 1 1/2 ounces (45 g) bourbon
- 1 ounce (28 g) Campari
- 1 ounce (28 g) sweet vermouth
- Stir well with ice in a mixing glass and strain.
- Garnish with a lemon twist
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of super fine sugar
- 2 tablespoons (25 mL) of water
- 3 or 4 sprigs of tender mint
- 2 ounces (60 g) brandy
- Press the mint in the sugar and water to
extract the flavour, add the brandy, and fill the glass two-thirds full of shaved ice.
- Stir thoroughly and garnish with a half-slice of orange, and a few fresh sprigs of mint.