Nightmare, 1978 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Apr 11 2014 - 3:52am by RetroRuth

This week we have a scary cocktail. Behold, the Nightmare!


It looks a lot scarier in the picture. Ours just ended up looking like apple cider. Maybe we should have gotten a light for the inside of our cocktail, too.


  • ⅔ jigger gin
  • ⅓ jigger Dubonnet (red)
  • ⅓ jigger cherry brandy
  • ⅓ jigger orange juice
  1. Shake well with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.




“How is it? I’m guessing strong?”

“Hoooooo. Yes. But it’s not bad.”

The Verdict: Not Bad

From The Tasting Notes:

The drink isn’t too shabby. You can taste all of the different ingredients without one overwhelming another, but it is a little strong. Not really worth opening a whole bottle of Dubonnet for just this drink, but at least the drink has the coolest name we’ve come across so far.

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  1. Beth April 11, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I think Tom always looks a bit happier on drink test day.

  2. Poppy April 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I kind of hate to admit it, but there is something irresistible about miniature marshmallows in Jell-O. I’m not sure if it’s the odd, foamy texture or the extra sweetness, but I love them in a way I know I shouldn’t.

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