Scarlett O’Hara, 1941 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Aug 23 2013 - 6:08am by RetroRuth

You know, for a guy who doesn’t care for whiskey, Tom has sure been drinking a lot of it lately!

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This is the Scarlett O’Hara, from my recent eBay score from 1941, a wooden drink book called “Here’s How”.

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It seriously has the BEST illustrations. And as soon as I pick up another bottle of curacao, we are going to be making the Rhett Buttler!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Scarlett O'Hara
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Ingredients
  • 1 jigger of bourbon
  • 1 lime (juice only)
  • ¼ peach, canned and dyed red (or red food coloring)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients along with a quantity of crushed ice in the blender. Blend until thoroughly frapped and serve in a saucer champagne glass.

 

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We didn’t have regular canned peaches, so we made do with spiced peaches. But since this drink is named after a Southern belle, I think we can get away with it. Just this once.

We also didn’t have a “saucer champagne” glass, so we had to make due with a regular one!

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Impressed by the insane red color of the drink? Yeah, all I had on hand was my hardcore red food coloring for frostings, so it ended up very, very red.

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“Is it good?”

“Actually, yeah. It’s pretty refreshing. And very, very, red.”

“Sorry.”

The Verdict: Refreshing

From the Tasting Notes:

Surprisingly refreshing, and didn’t end up tasting like canned peaches, which is what I was afraid of. Had almost a tropical flavor and was very nice blended with the ice, especially on a hot day.

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16 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Yinzerella August 23, 2013 at 8:29 am - Reply

    The look on the baby’s face is priceless.
    Love the swanky shirt!

    • RetroRuth August 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she a goof? :) And that is one of his favorites!

    • Lassie August 27, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Yes, baby and shirt are wonderful!

      I guess the red food coloring is to make it the ‘Scarlett’ part.

      The Rhett Butler calls for a blender and shaved ice? That doesn’t seem historically correct :-) I think Rhett would have been knocking back straight bourbon or mint juleps, hold the ice.

  2. Cristina August 23, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    This drink looks good! I have the same book, I must look through it again!

    • RetroRuth August 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      Isn’t it a great book? We love it!

      • Cristina August 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

        Yes I love that book! Haven’t looked through it in awhile, it is really unique. I found mine in an antique store. I love the wood cover!

  3. Patrick M. August 23, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I guarantee that some blogger will be re-posting your photo of those “Sweet Memory Peaches” 50ish years from now.

    • RetroRuth August 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      Ha! You know it!

  4. Charmaine August 23, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    This is one of my favorite cocktails, but “mine” is made with lime, Southern Comfort and cranberry juice. So tasty!

    • RetroRuth August 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      I have heard of that version, Charmaine! It does sound really good!

    • DrJulieAnn August 24, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

      This is my “signature” cocktail! It goes down waaayyyy tooo easily!

      I found the recipe in an old bar book that seemed to have gotten lost during the move a year ago from California to Central Illinois. Fortunately, it’s such an easy recipe and I know it by heart from having to give it to bartenders all of the time!

      I may try Ruth’s recipe just to compare.

  5. Lacey August 23, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

    This ones sounds good! And Tom’s shirt is perfect for cocktail Friday!. :-)

    • RetroRuth August 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      I know, right? It was a good choice!

  6. dkzody August 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Did you make Tom dress for the photo-shoot? It’s a perfect look for the drink, which also sounds very good even though I’m a gin girl, not bourbon.

    • RetroRuth August 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      Ha! Nope, Tom dressed himself for this one. Probably couldn’t hold back on the shirt anymore. It’s one of his favs. We got it in Hawaii from a place that sold repop shirt designs from the 1950′s!

  7. Ruth August 24, 2013 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Don’t know about that really red drink–but that little lap sitter is a definite cutie!

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