Taste a little of the past with these 1950s cocktail favorites.
By Cari Jorgensen

While the 1950s was a decade of war and political conflict, it was also the decade of passenger jets, rock and roll and of course, cocktails. Listen to a little Elvis Presley or Miles Davis, read J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye or Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums, watch On the Waterfront or East of Eden and indulge in one or more of these four cocktail favorites of the 1950s.

Moscow Mule
1½ ounces vodka
½ ounce lime juice
ginger beer
crushed ice
mint sprig
lime wheel

Before making this cocktail, chill the vodka, ginger beer and copper mug. Once adequately chilled, add the vodka and lime juice into a crushed-ice-filled copper mug. Top it off with ginger beer and add a sprig of mint and a lime wheel for garnish.

Pimm’s Cup
1 shot Pimm’s gin
7-Up soda
1 slice cucumber
1 twist lemon peel

Pour the shot of Pimm’s into a highball glass. Add the lemon twist and fill the glass with 7-Up. Garnish with the cucumber slice.

¾ ounce green crème de menthe
¾ ounce white crème de cacao
¾ ounce light cream

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

Sea Breeze
1¾ ounces vodka
3 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce grapefruit juice
grapefruit slice for garnish
ice cubes

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour the vodka and cranberry juice in and stir well. Top it off with the grapefruit juice. Garnish with the slice of grapefruit.

Do you have a favorite cocktail of the 1950s?