Welcome to a cocktail post! I know it has been forever, but I am very happy to bring these cocktail tests to you, AND to kick off a fun week of cocktail recipes from the blog that will be running on our Facebook page!

This is a fun post because you are getting three (yes, three!) vintage cocktails today.  I was going to post these three cocktails that were made at my recent vintage recipe party separately, but when I started going through my photos that I had taken for the blog, I realized that there was a sharp drop off in actual picture-taking as the party progressed.

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I would like to think it was because I was absorbed in creating other vintage dishes, but honestly…these drinks were really strong. I at least managed to get shots of Tom trying them all and I’ve got some notes, so at least we can make an effort at recreating them for you.

Paradise Cocktail

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Another exciting thing about these cocktails is that I finally was able to dive into my significant collection of vintage arcade-fortune type drink cards!

 ½ oz gin
 ½ oz orange juice
 ½ oz apricot brandy
 Cracked ice

1

Combine ingredients and shake with cracked ice.

Ingredients

 ½ oz gin
 ½ oz orange juice
 ½ oz apricot brandy
 Cracked ice

Directions

1

Combine ingredients and shake with cracked ice.

Paradise Cocktail

Apparently these cards were supposed to be loaded into small, tabletop vending machines that would dispense little drink recipes with lucky numbers or fortunes inside. I have about 300 of these little guys, and they have some really novel combinations. Also, they are all really easy to make because there was limited room on each card for directions. Hooray for brevity!

Also, I love that I was able to unleash these cocktails in a party situation because 1.) My friend Kate made them all, and 2.) I got lots of feedback and notes from all the different taste testers. I mean…my friends.

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My lovely friend Jill was all over tasting cocktails in the name of science.

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“This is good.”

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“This is strong, but good. I like it.”

The Verdict: Good

This one was polished off quickly. Probably more quickly than it should have been.

Pruneaux

 ¾ oz gin
 ¾ oz sherry
 1 tsp prune juice
 ½ tsp orange juice
 Cracked ice

1

Combine ingredients and shake with cracked ice.

Ingredients

 ¾ oz gin
 ¾ oz sherry
 1 tsp prune juice
 ½ tsp orange juice
 Cracked ice

Directions

1

Combine ingredients and shake with cracked ice.

Pruneaux Cocktail

This was the wildcard recipe. After much discussion, we decided this was going to either be really good or really bad.

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“This is gross.”

The Verdict: Gross

This one tasted like bile.

Albemarle Fizz

 2 oz gin
 ½ tbsp powdered sugar
 Juice of 1/2 lemon
 Cracked ice

1

Combine ingredients and shake with lots of crushed ice.

Ingredients

 2 oz gin
 ½ tbsp powdered sugar
 Juice of 1/2 lemon
 Cracked ice

Directions

1

Combine ingredients and shake with lots of crushed ice.

Albemarle Fizz

I was really excited about this one because I love gin! A lot more than Tom does.

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“This is strong, but I like it.  It tastes mostly like gin.”

The Verdict: Strong

This was a really strong one, but it had a good flavor and did NOT have prunes in it. We added sparkling white wine at Jill’s suggestion to cut the strength and made it into a French 75-ish. That tasted really good and helped us polish of that round.

And then we made Poodle Sandwiches.