The 1970s were a popular time for sweet and simple cocktails. The “Disco Era” covered a lot of ground where cocktails are concerned. The Greyhound, Tom Collins and Pink Lady were a favorite of many. Then there were the sweeter more complicated drinks such as the Singapore Sling and Pina Colada. Many of these cocktails have reappeared on cocktail menus once again. Give them a whirl for old times’ sake.

More 70s drinks or “disco cocktails” include the creamy green classic Grasshopper found here. The ever popular Brandy Alexander found here. The Brandy Alexander can also be blended with ice cream for an indulgent treat. More retro recipes are included in this 70s cocktail roundup.

The 1970s were a popular time for sweet and simple cocktails. The “Disco Era” covered a lot of ground where cocktails are concerned. Harvey Wallbanger

2 ounces Vodka

4 ounces Orange Juice

3/4 ounce Galliano Liqueur

Orange Slice

Pour vodka and orange juice into a tall glass filled with ice. Float Galliano over the top. Garnish with an orange slice

The 1970s were a popular time for sweet and simple cocktails. The “Disco Era” covered a lot of ground where cocktails are concerned. Tequila Sunrise

2 ounces Silver Tequila

4 ounces Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Grenadine

Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Pour tequila and orange juice into a tall glass filled with ice. Slowly pour grenadine over the top. The grenadine will slowly begin to trickle down into the glass fading from dark red to lighter shades of red reminiscent of a sunset. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

The 1970s were a popular time for sweet and simple cocktails. The “Disco Era” covered a lot of ground where cocktails are concerned. Old Fashioned

2 ounces Bourbon or Rye

1 Sugar Cube or 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Sugar

2 Dashes Angostura Classic Bitters

Orange Peel

Place sugar cube in a rocks glass. Add dashes of bitters. Allow sugar to soak in and lightly mash to begin dissolving sugar. Top with Bourbon. Add ice and stir. Garish with a fresh orange twist over the top of the drink. Cherry garnish is optional.

What drinks bring back memories of the 1970s to you?

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