Gypsy, 1977 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Sep 13 2013 - 6:09am by RetroRuth

Thank heaven it’s Friday! And the best part about Friday? Time for cocktails!


This week we have Gypsy from the much loved 2-in-1 International Recipe Card Collection from 1977.

  • 1 jigger vodka
  • ½ jigger Benedictine
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Shake well with ice and strain over rocks into chilled Old Fashioned glass: garnish with orange slice.



And we got to break out the secret herbs and spices of Benedictine again this week!


As a side note, I actually had fun jamming a slice of orange in this one. Normally I have to painstakingly arrange the fruit slice on the edge of the glass, but this one was simple and fast. I might have to do that more in the future. Especially if a certain baby demands to be held during picture time.

Tom TastesIMG_3176



“Really? I thought you liked Benedictine?”

“It doesn’t really go that well with the vodka.”

The Verdict: Meh.

From The Tasting Notes:

The vodka and Benedictine didn’t really play off each other in this drink as much as in previous drinks. It ended up tasting a little bland, which was a shame.

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

  1. Ae September 13, 2013 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Love that baby!

  2. Angela September 13, 2013 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I want those glasses. Also, I’ve never tried Benedictine.

    Baby is getting big! Love those chubby little arms.

  3. Silvercat September 13, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Huh, the drink I know as a gypsy is a jigger of sweet vermouth and a jigger of gin. I did it here:

  4. Yinzerella September 13, 2013 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I want that t-shirt.

  5. deb September 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Looks like I’m seeing some red hair?! So cute…

  6. Amy September 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    yes your baby is soooo cute! awwww

  7. Psyche September 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    lol I think everybody is caught up with the baby, I did the same thing, I saw your little girl and said “awwwww!” she is SO cute!

  8. tam francis September 14, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Mmmmmmm, another yummy cocktail in your gorgeous retro barware. Your blog inspires me to add some cocktailness to my blog and site! I want to eat that baby up. YUM!

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