A vintage twist

Photography by  Ashley Fraser

Cocktails from left, Brandy Smash, Boold and Sand, Boulevardier

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


  1. Mix well. Garnish with cherries.


The Boulevardier

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


  1. Stir well with ice in a mixing glass and strain.
  2.  Garnish with a lemon twist


Brandy Smash

  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Stir thoroughly and garnish with a half-slice of orange, and a few fresh sprigs of mint.

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