Prima Vera Cocktail–Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Nov 17 2017 - 8:05am by RetroRuth

Oh my gosh, who needs a cocktail?


It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve done this.

3.0 from 1 reviews
Prima Vera Cocktail
  • ½ oz rum
  • ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz anisette
  • 2 drops Angostura bitters
  1. Shake with cracked ice


This cocktail comes from a great little set of cocktail cards I bought off of Instagram. They are from vintage tabletop vending machines, and the top part pulls back to reveal your winning number!


How cool is that?


Just another reason for a drink!


And you guys wonder why we don’t have time for fancy cocktails. Look at that guy. He’s basically trying to climb the wall.



Tom’s Verdict: Good

From The Tasting Notes –

Anisette was a little overwhelming. Otherwise, pretty good. Strong, definitely a sipping drink. A little syrupy, but you could barely taste the gin flavor. This drink might actually be better if you used a stronger, cheaper gin. Overall, a good drink.

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

  1. Nina November 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I think that drink sounds a little too sweet, although I like Anisette and gin, but separately. Were the bitters supposed to cut the sweet?
    A question for your expertise: in the 60s, there was a tea bread spread called Nun’s Butter. It was a kind of hard sauce, but had eggs, I think. I can’t find my old recipe card from the lady who gave me the recipe. Do you know it?

  2. Lassie November 17, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I still have a few vintage cards from a ‘fortune-telling machine’ at an arcade, retro even back in the 80’s, such fun to see something similar. Baby is adorable, as is Tom.

  3. Mark. November 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    The United States was longing for neutral distilled alcohol in the form of vodka. Instead we languished for many decades making do with gin…

  4. Jesse M November 25, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Nina!

    I vaguely remember having Nun’s Butter or Nun’s Bread way back when. Was the recipe anything like this?

    Hey Ruth, male reader here who is rather jealous of Tom, until I see some of the recipes he puts up with! Though I suspect the actual cooking makes up for it. Love the blog!!!

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