Celebrate your favorite decade this New Year’s Eve with a drink from another era. _____________________________________________________________
2009: Captain Handsome
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce creme de violette
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/4 ounce limoncello
- Absinthe, for the glass
- Splash of chilled seltzer
- Brandied cherry (sold in jars at gourmet stores), for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the gin, creme de violette, lime juice and limoncello and shake well. Rinse the inside of a cocktail glass with absinthe. Strain the drink into the glass, add the seltzer and garnish with a brandied cherry.
The Signature Lounge in Chicago’s John Hancock Center has devised a cocktail to celebrate the ’90s. The Peach Cosmo is sweet, bright pink and unabashedly girly. And interestingly enough, it is the favorite drink of former President Bill Clinton — not!
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 3/4 ounce peach schnapps
- 3/4 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
- Lime wedge, for garnish (optional)
1979: Mama’s Little Helper
This fizzy, cucumber-flavored drink tastes like the cocktail equivalent of a Jell-O mold dessert — but in a good way.
- 1 cucumber
- 1 1/4 ounces gin
- Splash of fresh lime juice
- Splash of simple syrup
- Chilled seltzer
Fill a highball glass three-quarters of the way with ice. Add 2 ounces cucumber puree, the gin, lime juice and simple syrup and stir. (To make a batch of simple syrup, simmer equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves, then cool.) Fill the glass with seltzer and stir again. Garnish with the reserved cucumber slice.
The cool cats over at the Hala Kahiki in River Grove, Ill., really dig this kooky cocktail. So why not get hip to this tiki-bar trend — OK, Daddy-O?
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce amaretto
- 1 ounce creme de cacao
- 1 ounce cream of coconut
- 1 ounce heavy cream
- Toasted shaved coconut, for garnish (optional)