Commodore, 1977 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Apr 25 2014 - 4:35am by RetroRuth

Thank goodness it’s Friday. I seriously didn’t think I could take anymore of this week.

Luckily, we have cocktails!


This is the Commodore, from our awesome 2-in-1 International Recipe Card Collection from 1977.


  • ½ jigger curacao
  • ½ jigger bourbon
  • ½ jigger lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  1. Shake well with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange or lemon twist.


Tom is always happy when he gets to use curacao!



“How is it?”


The Verdict: Great

From The Tasting Notes –

This was very, very good. It was sweet, but not overpoweringly so. It had a good, fruity taste but was well-balanced. It was very smooth. If you have these, it might be a good idea to add some club soda, because you can drink these things fast!

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

  1. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 25, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I’m not a drinker but this looks like it would be right up my alley for the occasional cocktail!

    Might I say I’m in LOVE with those glasses!

    • RetroRuth April 26, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Thanks, Anele!

  2. Lynne April 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    A long time reader finally chiming in. May I ask, what brand of Curacao did you use? I bought a 2 in 1 Recipe Card box today and it’s all your fault!! Too awesome to pass up!

    • RetroRuth April 26, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Hi Lynne! Awesome, you are going to LOVE those recipes. It has been a blast going through them, and the pictures are fantastic. We use Bols brand orange Curacao!

  3. Patrick M Mitchell April 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Isn't this just a Sidecar with bourbon?

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