My drink of choice is a dirty vodka martini – not a terribly authentic retro cocktail for a retro cocktail party, but we needn’t tell anyone it is vodka and not gin. It still looks classy – a nice martini glass and a few olives skewered on a toothpick.
I would argue that presentation is just as important as the cocktail recipes, especially if you are hosting a retro cocktail party. Whatever you choose to drink, including ginger ale, will taste better when served in a fabulous glass.
These glasses are super cute and reminiscent of 1950’s barware. Plus, they are plastic, so you could even serve kid-friendly drinks or use them to serve the perfect whiskey sour and not worry about breakage!
Maybe you would prefer a vodka martini or a gibson? A traditional vodka martini is vodka, vermouth, and a twist. I am going to give you full permission to swap out the twist for an olive (or 3) and a generous splash of olive brine. A gibson is basically a gin martini, but you sub teeny cocktail onions for olives. When I was a kid my grandfather used to let me have a few cocktail onions on a little sword toothpick. I haven’t had one in ages. I do have a bunch of my grandparents’ barware – they hosted quite a few cocktail parties back in the day.
Shake up your out-of-this-world martini or gibson (or cosmo or whatever!) in this space-age shaker
and serve it in a classic martini glass.
picks for cocktail onions (or olives),
and the kitschy cocktail umbrellas!
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