40's Themed Drinks




One of our favorite Margaritas, the Agave Margarita pure, classic with just the right amount of bite. Also, it's a great Margarita for dressing up or down. Add and play with other flavors and test the best tequila for your taste buds. There is no one right one, just the one that is right for you.

Legend has it the Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. The beautiful color inspired Cipriani to name the drink Bellini after the robe of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. Light, clean and very easy to drink this is the perfect cocktail for brunch, early evening parties, light social events and for light drinkers.

Daiquirí became popular in the 1940s. Wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by, yet because of Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable. The Good Neighbor Policy (also known as 'The Pan-American program'), helped make Latin America seem fashionable. Consequently, rum-based drinks (once frowned upon as being the domain of sailors and down-and-outs), also became fashionable, and the Daiquirí saw a tremendous rise in popularity in the US. Originally served over cracked ice, Bacardi Rum, sugar and fresh lime juice it is now served frozen with a variety of different flavors. Two of our favorites are the lime and peach are included as well. Other fruits that translate well are peach, strawberries, raspberries or papaya.

The creation the Hurricane a passion fruit-colored relative of a Daiquiri drink is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien. In the 1940s, he needed to create a new drink to help him get rid of all of the less popular rum that local distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of more popular liquors such as scotch and whiskey. He poured the drink into hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses and gave it away. The drink caught on, and it has been a trademark in the French Quarter ever since. It is a great drink that has enough flavor that you can use a less expensive run and it still tastes great. Great as a party drink on June 1st or mixes easily into batches.

Mai Tai comes with multiple recipes depending on which version you like, the Trader Vic’s (1940’s) or Don the Beachcomber (1930’s). Either way both capitalized on the Polynesian trends of the 50’s and 60’s. A great fruit and rum based drink; no Tiki party would be complete without with a Mai Tai with an umbrella! Featured in the Elvis movie “Blue Hawaii” the drink has remained popular since then as a beach side have to have. So whatever recipe you use this is a wonderful fun drink that will be the hit of any pool party.

Margaritas have come a long way from the classic Tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice. There are many variations as well as serving options. Frozen, Rocks, Up, Salted or not are all part of the large group of recipes. A basic search could return 100’s of recipes all slightly different. At the core though remains Tequila and lime. Adding any number of fruits, switching out the liquors and lead to an endless variety. Some of our favorites, the classic Agave Margarita, the fall taste of the Italian Margarita or the dramatic kick of the Top Shelf Margarita are very drinkable. All of these drinks will get you started exploring the wonderful world of Margaritas and Tequilas. The fewer ingredients and liquors the better the Tequila needs to be for the best taste. Invented in the 1940’s it has, in all its permutations, remained a popular drink since then.

While no one seems to know when the Rusty Nail came across the bar I would suspect that it was in the late 30’s early 40’s. It would have been difficult to get Drambuie during prohibition. There is a brief history on the Drambuie page http://drambuie.com/us/#origins Made from honey and seceret blends http://drambuie.com/us/#secret-recipe the Rusty Nail is equal parts Scotch and Drambuie. A smooth drink that gets better as the Scotch gets better, we tried Johnny Walker Red but Cutty Sark would also be a good starting point.

The Screwdriver reportedly got its name because American petroleum engineers in Saudi Arabia secretly added vodka to small cans of orange juice and stirred the mixture with their screwdrivers in the late 40’s. It gained prominent in the 50’s and has remained a popular drink since. It is usually one of the first drinks many people try since all you can really taste is the orange juice. It is an easy addition to your party list with only 2 ingredients, Vodka and OJ.

Sloe Gin is a red gin-based liqueur infused with sloe berries. It is usually bottled at between 15 to 30 percent alcohol by volume. The Sloe Gin Fizz is an off shoot of a series of drinks called Fizzes: Gin Fizz, Silver Fizz — addition of egg white, Golden Fizz — addition of egg yolk, Royal Fizz — addition of whole egg, Diamond Fizz — sparkling wine instead of carbonated water. More commonly known as a French 75, Green Fizz — addition of a dash of green crème de menthe. These drinks originated in New Orleans in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s and became very popular in the 1940’s. While the Sloe Gin Fizz is very sweet it does pack a kick.

The Stinger during the heyday of its popularity, it was considered an ideal "nightcap" for a night out in New York. Dudly, the Angel, orders a round of Stingers while lunching with ladies from the church in "A Bishop's Wife". The drink is also featured in the Mad Men episode "Love Among the Ruins," set in 1963, when a man buys Peggy Olson a stinger at a bar. It is also seen as a hair of the dog cocktail and good for those suffering a hangover or people who want a quick drink but don’t want the smell of alcohol on their breath. Add green Crème de Menthe and you have a Green Hornet a fun drink from the 40’s.

Originally called the suffering Bar Steward, Suffering Bastard was supposed to cure a hangover. Not sure that it would but you don't need to wait to try it, this was one of our favorites of this batch.

Hemingway - A great classic cocktail of Rum, Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, key lime juice and grapefruit juice, this drink is the perfect summer drink. Time to go back to the 40's.

Drinks that are on this page are: Agave Margarita, Bellini, Daiquiri, Screw Driver, Slow Motion, Stinger, Suffering Bastard, Hemingway, Yellow Parrot, El Diablo