10 drinks we remember: Sloe Gin Fizz, Vodka Collins, Kamikaze, Alabama Slammer, Colorado Bulldog, Three Wise Men, Toasted Almond, Jolly Zima, Vodka 7, Bushwhacked.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 FizzSloe 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 CollinsVodka Collins

2 ounces Vodka

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon (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.

21 Must Try Classic Cocktails: KamikazeKamikaze

1/2 ounce Tequila or Vodka

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

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

Alabama Slammer Alabama Slammer

1 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 BulldogColorado Bulldog

1 ounce Vodka or Rum

1 ounce Kahlua

1 ounce Half & Half

1/2 ounce 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 Wise MenThree Wisemen

1/2 ounce Johnnie Walker Scotch

1/2 ounce Jim Beam Bourbon

1/2 ounce Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

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

Toasted AlmondToasted Almond

1 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 7Vodka 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…


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.

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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at str8upcocktails@gmail.com.

10 Drinks that Haunt Our Past & Flavor Our Future