Home: Vintage Cocktail Drinks

Index

Welcome to Vintage Cocktail Drinks. We are cocktail enthusiasts who love practicing the art of mixicology. We've put together some of our favorite cocktail recipes, techniques and the bar equipment you'll need to produce the very best cocktails right at home. We also have some reviews of bar gear and supplies so you can be sure you're getting the best when outfitting your own home bar. Enjoy!

Our most recent Posts

The essential guide to setting up a home bar

The essential guide to setting up a home bar
A complete set of tools

It can be very easy to spend a small fortune setting up a home bar. Our advice to those just starting out is to start small. Focus on perfecting how to craft just a few of your favorite drinks, and expand from there. Read More

How to make a Manhattan Cocktail

How to make a Manhattan Cocktail
A spicy Manhattan will warm you to your toes
copyright Graeme Maclean cc-by-2.0

After the Gin Martini, this is probably the second most popular cocktail, hailing back as far as the 1880's or earlier. Classically it is made with American Rye Whiskey as the main spirit, but bourbon can also be used providing a milder flavor profile. Read More

How to make a Gin Martini

How to make a Gin Martini
The king of cocktails
copyright Rob Ireton cc-by-2.0

The birthplace of this classic is credited to the Knickerbocker Hotel, NYC. This is one of the most important classic cocktails, and it is the first cocktail that many people make. Read More

How to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

How to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail
Sometimes simple is better
copyright Erich Wagner (www.eventografie.de) / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Considered to be one of the quintessential classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned has been around for over a century. The essence of this cocktail is its simplicity. Simply Rye whiskey, Angostura Bitters muddled with sugar (or simple syrup) and lemon peel, served over ice, sometimes with a lemon... Read More

How to Build a Cocktail

How to Build a Cocktail
Build a cocktail like the best bartenders
copyright Jonn Leffmann cc-by-3.0

One of the first steps you'll need to learn when starting to make cocktails is how to "build" the cocktail from some recipe. The term build simply refers to the manner and order that the various ingredients are mixed together. Usually, a cocktail is made in a mixing container. Typically, the... Read More

When to Shake, When to Stir

When to Shake, When to Stir
Know when to shake or stir
copyright Maria Eklind cc-by-2.0

This can be a hotly contested topic in cocktail culture. Both methods are used to both chill the drink and to melt ice into water to mix in with the other drink ingredients.It is instructive to know the basic effects either technique has on the ingredients. Read More

How to Shake a cocktail

How to Shake a cocktail
Shaking a cocktail
copyright Didriks cc-by-2.0

This is an essential skill for making cocktails. Shaking has the effect of mixing the ingredients, chilling the ingredients as well as mixing water and air into the mixture. Read More

How to Stir a cocktail

How to Stir a cocktail
Stirring a cocktail
copyright SKopp / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Like shaking, stirring is an essential skill for making cocktails. Stirring has the effect of mixing the ingredients, chilling the ingredients as well as mixing water diluting the cocktail. To properly stir a cocktail, you'll need a mixing glass and a bar spoon. Read More