Orange Blossom Cocktail, 1943 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Sep 27 2013 - 5:00am by RetroRuth

Whew! Thank goodness another crazy week has finally come to an end!


This week our cocktail is very basic because…well, the ingredients are what we had on hand. And going out to buy stuff to make a cocktail is fine, but somehow I think it is a bit more fun when you make do with things you have on hand.

But maybe that is just because I am into adventurous cooking.


5.0 from 1 reviews
Orange Blossom Cocktail
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part gin
  • dash of grenadine
  1. Shake well in cracked ice and serve.



This cocktail is from the 1943 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which is a really great book. I am kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn’t own this book until it came in one of the recipe lots I bought on eBay. I actually didn’t even know it was going to be in there until I opened the box, so it was actually a nice surprise from eBay for once, unlike all those other times that I got screwed.


Doesn’t it look refreshing?


Drinking with a baby. It’s an art form.


“So, how is it?”

“I don’t know.” Tom looked at the baby. “What do you think?”

She looked at him and chewed on her hand.

Tom nodded, then turned back to me. “We decided it’s very good.”

The Verdict: Very Good

From The Tasting Notes:

This is the best gin-based drink I’ve had in a while. It is simple, but the level of citrus and sweetness really balances the taste of the gin. It is good as-is, but it would be interesting to try it with a bit of tonic water, too.

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

  1. Lassie September 27, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Dat baby! 😀

    This is similar to a screwdriver, the better the o.j. the better the drink.

  2. Andrea September 27, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    And now I know what we’re having for our Friday night cocktail!

  3. Amy September 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    a baby’s verdict is very important. lol

  4. Sarah September 28, 2013 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Yes, drinking with a baby. It requires a little talent, and looks super classy. We should know…

  5. Kim Campbell September 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I just love your blog. And with Mid-Century baby included, it just gets even better!

  6. Ruth September 29, 2013 at 1:34 am - Reply

    That is one of the best editions of The Joy of Cooking! I have my grandmother’s book and I use it nearly all the time. It’s much better than the new edition, which I also have. And it sounds like the little toot is teething already! Good luck with that phase!

  7. dkzody September 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    The next one in the book, with apricot brandy, sounds very good, too. Of course, pure ol’ gin is my liquor of choice.

  8. Barbara October 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    When did I miss this? Did you have a baby??

    • RetroRuth October 6, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Yep! Had a baby in May! We were keeping it a secret though, so we never mentioned it until after it happened. 🙂

      • Barbara October 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

        Where did you announce it? Congratulations! You’re the first mom I’ve ever seen that didn’t document every single moment of your pregnancy on your blog! How wonderful!

        • RetroRuth October 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

          Thank you! 🙂 I did a small post on each blog. Actually, the one on NPR was more of an add-on to another post, just kind of an offhand announcement. It was a pretty difficult pregnancy with some health issues, and I just felt better keeping the whole thing private. But now that everything has turned out so splendidly, I feel okay showing a picture or two once in a while, especially because she is so cute.

          • Barbara October 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm -

            She looks like a mini-Tom! And she’ll be raised on gelatin atrocities! She’ll win all the way around! I searched and found your “tulip” post – but didn’t see one here. Congratulations! I’m sure you’ve been having a ball with her. Did you do her room up right?

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