10 Drinks that Haunt Our Past & Flavor Our Future

Cocktails of our Past photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

A toast to 10 drinks that haunt our past, color our future, tickle our dreams and inspire us to move on to bigger and better cocktail recipes. These were 10 Friday night favorite cocktails from younger days that brought back great memories to a few readers who chose to play along in answering the simple question below. Though the drinks may no longer be consumed as often, the way they flavor our lives carries on forever. Cheers!

Name that cocktail… What were your favorite Friday night cocktails from younger days that bring back great memories, but you rarely consume now? Mine was a Grateful Dead.

Sloe Gin Fizz photo copyright Cheri LoughlinSloe Gin Fizz

2 ounces Sloe Gin

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon Superfine Sugar or Simple Syrup

2-1/2 ounces Club Soda

Combine Sloe Gin, lemon juice and sugar in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Mentioned by Karen B.

Vodka Collins photo copyright Cheri LoughlinVodka Collins

2 ounces Vodka

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

Barspoon Simple Syrup

Carbonated Water

Lemon Wheel & Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Place vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup in Collins glass over fresh ice. Stir to blend. Top with carbonated water. Garnish with skewered lemon when and cherry. Mentioned by Mary B.

Kamikaze Shot photo copyright Cheri LoughlinKamikaze

1 part Tequila or Vodka

1 part Triple Sec

1 part Lime Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill. Strain into shot glass. Mentioned by Dana G.

Alabama Slammer

Alabama Slammer photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1 ounce Southern Comfort

1 ounce Sloe Gin

1 ounce Amaretto

2 ounces Orange Juice

Orange Slice & Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange slice and cherry. Mentioned by Jamie S.

Colorado Bulldog - photo property of Cheri LoughlinColorado Bulldog

1 part Vodka or Rum

1 part Kahlua

1 part Half & Half

1/2 part Cola

Build in a highball glass over fresh ice in the order given leaving the cola last to float on the top. Mentioned by Keith P.

Three Wisemen Shot photo copyright Cheri LoughlinThree Wisemen

1 part Johnnie Walker Scotch

1 part Jim Beam Bourbon

1 part Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

Add in equal parts to shot glass. Shoot. Mentioned by Lee Sonmor.

Toasted Almond

Toasted Almond photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1 ounce Amaretto

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1-1/2 ounce Half & Half

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Mentioned by Heather B.

Jolly Zima

1 Bottle Zima

2 or 3 Jolly Ranchers

Take a few sips from the Zima bottle first. This is to prevent fizz overflow once Jolly Ranchers are inserted. Drop favorite flavor of Jolly Ranchers in bottle of Zima and watch them color, fizz and flavor your bottle of fizzy pop! Mentioned by Rich G.

Vodka 7 photo copyright Cheri LoughlinVodka 7

2 ounces Vodka

3/4 to 1 ounce Lime

3 ounces Lemon Lime Soda

Lime Wedge Garnish

Build in Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge. Mentioned by Sandra M. who added a {{shudder}}

This next one is basically a Screwdriver with alteration in the base spirit. However a rather nicely played revision indeed. We’ll call this one…

Bushwhacked - Screwdriver with rum photo copyright Cheri LoughlinBushwhacked

1-1/2 ounce Myers’s Dark Rum

3 ounces Orange Juice

Build in a highball glass over fresh ice. Stir. Mentioned by Eve B.

It’s time for you to speak up. What are your favorite drinks from days gone by (or even last night) that you swear you’ll never be tempted by again?  These are the drinks that gave way to good times you’ll remember forever and times you hope others will forget ever happened. You know the ones.

All content ©2010 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

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