From the Manhattan to the Martini, every decade had a signature cocktail that took the social scene by storm. Discover the most popular cocktails from the time you were born and learn how to master all the recipes in the video above. Cheers!
1915: The Manhattan
The Manhattan was invented in New York City’s Manhattan Club and has since become a classic cocktail found in dive bars and craft cocktail bars alike. For this drink, all you’ll need are a few dashes of Angostura bitters, bourbon or rye whiskey, and some sweet vermouth. Chill the ingredients and then strain them into a coupe. Garnish with a cherry.
1925: Champagne Cocktail
Improve your champagne glass by saturating a sugar cube with Angostura bitters and dropping it into the bottom of the glass.
1935: Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is famed for being a hangover cure, but this cocktail is excellent for anytime you want to booze up your brunch. The basic Bloody Mary recipe calls for vodka, hot sauce, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and celery salt. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and then strain them into a cold glass that has been rimmed with salt. Garnish with a lime and a lemon wedge.
1945: Mai Tai
Mai Tai is a Tahitian phrase that means “the best” or “out of this world.” The traditional Mai Tai is made out of rum, rock candy syrup, orgeat almond syrup, and orange curacao. Simply combine the ingredients over crushed ice, shake, and garnish with mint.
The Martini is a sophisticated drink that’s very easy to make. Pour gin and dry vermouth into a mixing glass and stir until it is cold. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with two olives.
1965: Whiskey Sour
Another cocktail that is deceptively simple to make, add bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker glass with ice. Strain it over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a cherry and a lemon wedge.
1975: Harvey Wallbanger
This beautiful drink requires combining vodka and orange juice in a tall glass over ice. Then, float Galliano liqueur on the top. Garnish with an orange slice.
This layered shooter looks extremely impressive, but is actually pretty simple to make once you master the art of layering. Using a wide spoon, layer coffee liqueur, Baileys, and Grand Marnier in a shot glass in that order.
1995: Long Island
This powerful cocktail that combines four different spirits is best reserved for when you don’t have any responsibilities the next day. To make a Long Island, combine equal parts gin, rum, tequila, vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake it well and strain over fresh ice. Top it off with some cola.
If you only know how to make one cocktail these days, let it be the Old Fashioned. All you need is a good bourbon, muddled sugar (or simple syrup), and bittters. Gently stir over large ice cubes to combine flavors.