The best retro cocktails with just a few ingredients

It's the weekend for the big celebrations – ring in the old and usher in the new! Men and especially women will enjoy something special on the weekend. Champagne is the drink of choice for practical historical reasons. When bubbles began to be bottled and sold to the masses in the 1880s, it was marketed as a sophisticated drink. Most non-nobles could only afford champagne on special occasions and chose New Year's Eve as the night to manifest riches and fulfilled desires in the coming year. Celebrate this year with these simple classic cocktails that use your favorite alcohol and add a little something extra to the occasion.

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Classic champagne cocktail

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  • 3 ounces brandy
  • 4 ounces from Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1 Bottle Champagne or Prosecco


  • Prepare four champagne glasses
  • Pour ¾ ounce of brandy into the bottom of each glass.
  • Pour an ounce of Triple Sec or Cointreau over the brandy in each glass. Don't stir.
  • Top up with champagne.

Use the remaining bubbles to complete another round!

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Rose Kennedy

This cocktail is named after Jackie Kennedy's mother-in-law. The family matriarch was a fan. This cocktail is also the grandmother of the New England Highball family of drinks, which also includes the Cape Cod and the Cosmopolitan.


  • 2 parts vodka
  • 3 part Srippling water
  • 1 splash CRanberry juice


Prepare in a tall or low glass over ice, stir and garnish with a lime wedge

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Nothing exudes old-school sophistication like a Manhattan. Released in the 1860s and 1870s, the Manhattan is considered the first “modern cocktail” because it contained a flavored and fortified wine in the form of vermouth


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • ¾ ounce sweet red vermouth
  • 2 dashes of aromatic Angostura bitters


Allow all ingredients to cool, strain and serve neat in a martini glass.

tequila Sunrise

The original Tequila Sunrise contained tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water and was served at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, where it was created in the 1930s. Since then it has enjoyed great popularity. Try this simplified classic.


  • 3 ounces of orange juice
  • 1 ½ ounces of your favorite tequila
  • ½ ounce grenadine


Pour tequila and orange juice into a tall glass over ice and stir briefly. Add grenadine and watch it sink.

As you end a year and begin a new one, may you enjoy and celebrate.

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