Since good things don’t go out of fashion, the cocktails drank by our grandparents are still the perfect choice to relax and enjoy at home. Some of these classic cocktails you can prepare at home are the Americano, the Old-fashioned and the Sidecar. It will not be hard to prepare them and you will enjoy them as much as your grandparents did.
This cocktail was originally called “Milano Torino”, thanks to the origins of its two main ingredients. In the era of alcohol prohibition in the United States, its inhabitants spent their vacation in Europe and enjoyed this cocktail so often that Italians changed its name to “Americano”.
- 1 ½ ounces Campari
- 1 ½ ounce sweet vermouth
- 3 ounces of ice cold soda
- 1 slice orange or lemon
- Mix the Campari and sweet vermouth in a shaker and serve.
- Fill with soda and ice.
- Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon.
There are records of its invention in the Waldorf-Astoria bar book, in 1931. On it appears the name of Colonel James Pepper, owner of Old 1776 whiskey and member of the club where the mix was prepared for the first time.
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 tablespoon soda
- One thin strip of lemon peel
- Mix the ingredients in a shaker, pour into a cocktail glass, garnish with lemon peel on the rim and serve.
This cocktail of golden appearance was created in 1931 by Harry MacElhone, founder of Harry’s Bar in Paris thanks to a frequent customer of the bar who fought the cold generated by riding on a motorcycle with an aperitif. After his visit and several drinks he could not keep his balance and they brought him home in a sidecar (a vehicle hooked to the side of a bike).
- 3/4 ounce triple sec
- 1/2 ounce brandy
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1 strip lemon peel
- Put all the ingredients into the shaker, shake and pour into the glass.
- Add ice to your liking.
- Garnish with lemon peel on the rim of the glass.
Campari 1L: a vermouth native of Italy with an alcohol content of 25º.
Triple Sec Porthos 1L: a triple sec from Spain and with an alcohol strength of 36º.
* Images: Uvinum and Señor Hans (Flickr).