Classic Cocktail Recipes

Mixology from the Golden Age of Cocktails to the present day

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Cocktail Recipes from the pre-prohibition era to the present day

The Ideal Bartender was written in 1917 by Tom Bullock. The book is full of vintage cocktail recipes from the pre-prohibition era. We used these cocktail recipes as the base for TheIdealBartender.com and we've been adding to the list ever since. Thirsty? Me too!

Where's The Vodka?

You'll notice that the big four base ingredients in the vintage cocktails are brandy, gin, rum, and whiskey. Vodka is conspicuous by it's absence. Evidently Vodka was rarely consumed outside of Europe until the 1950's and didn't start to gain popularity in the USA until the 1970's. Also in short supply is Tequila. Qué lástima!

Raw Egg Alert in Vintage Cocktail Recipes!

So, how do the vintage cocktail recipes stand up in the 21st century? Most of the ingredients are available at your local liquor store and supermarket so let's find out! Several recipes call for the addition of raw egg. Unless the alcohol in the other ingredients is guaranteed to kill any bacteria the raw egg components are probably not a good idea. What would be a suitable substitute? Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Have fun and, as always, drink responsibly!


Traditional-Stainless-Steel-Flask-6oz-(Engravable)
Traditional Stainless Steel Flask, 6oz (Engravable)

Whether you're a Jack Daniel's kind-of guy or a flavored Smirnoff kind-of girl, keep your liquor out of sight with our classic 6oz hip flask. This tra...

Reg.Price 36.30
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16th Century Italian Replica Globe Bar - 21 diameter

Add a touch of cool and some old world charm to your home or office with our magnificent 16th Century globe bar. Simply lift the hinged lid to reveal ...

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Hofbrauhaus-Dimple-German-Beer-Mug-1-Liter
Hofbrauhaus Dimple German Beer Mug - 1 Liter

Couldn't catch that last minute flight to Munich Oktoberfest? No problem, we've got you covered with this authentic Hofbrauhaus dimple beer mug, or ma...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

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Mini Steak Thermometers - Set of 4

Cook multiple steaks at once to various cooked levels from rare to well-done without having to cut into them with this brilliant gift set of four mini...

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Personalized Stemless White Wine Glasses, Set of 4

Contemporary style meets traditional elegance in these brilliant personalized white wine glasses. Great for novices and wine connoisseurs alike, you w...

Reg.Price 56.10
Our Price 51.00

Secret-Binocular-Flask
Secret Binocular Flask

Stuck in the nosebleed section? While this binocular flask won't help you get a closer glimpse of Kobe Bryant, rest assured you'll be having the most ...

Reg.Price 23.10
Our Price 21.00

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Roly Poly Rocking Whiskey Glasses, Set of 6

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, these double old fashioned glasses really are rolling in circles without spilling a drop! Clever and intriguing, ...

Reg.Price 42.90
Our Price 39.00

Banded-Stainless-Steel-Flask-(Engravable)
Banded Stainless Steel Flask (Engravable)

A unique matte finish accented with two polished bands, this elegant hip flask is sure to bring a dash of subtle sophistication to any style. Slightly...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

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Personalized BBQ Grill Outdoor Metal Plaque

Guaranteed to withstand billowing BBQ smoke and anything that Mother Nature throws its way, this personalized outdoor metal plaque adds the perfect to...

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Our Price 83.00

Personalized-Margarita-Outdoor-Metal-Plaque
Personalized Margarita Outdoor Metal Plaque

Go ahead, move the party outside! Guaranteed to withstand the toughest of outdoor party crowds and anything that Mother Nature throws its way, this pe...

Reg.Price 97.90
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Salut!-Sante!-Cheers!-Personalized-Wine-Outdoor-Metal-Plaque
Salut! Sante! Cheers! Personalized Wine Outdoor Metal Plaque

We'll toast to that! Guaranteed to withstand anything that Mother Nature throws its way, this personalized outdoor metal plaque adds a touch of celebr...

Reg.Price 90.20
Our Price 82.00

Anti-Flare-Up-Grilled-Chicken-Wings-WingRack
Anti-Flare-Up Grilled Chicken Wings WingRack

Even if you can't agree on what's tastier spicy or sweet everyone likes their grilled chicken wings fired to scrumptious perfection. One of the best w...

Reg.Price 38.50
Our Price 35.00

Drunken-Tower-Drinking-Game
Drunken Tower Drinking Game

How will you stack up? In a game of serious strategy, steady hands, and seeing double, this fun drinking game demands you stay focused...no matter how...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

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Black Cast Iron Wall Mounted Bottle Opener

Matte black to compliment almost any decor, this durable cast iron wall mounted bottle opener makes opening your favorite brew a breeze. An essential ...

Reg.Price 11.00
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Winestein-Wine-Glass
Winestein Wine Glass

You like your wine but you're a macho man, and dainty wine glasses make you look, well...dainty! Composed of high-quality, double-walled borosilicate ...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

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Shot Glass Roulette Drinking Game 16pc set

Place your bets and take your chancesno matter what number the ball lands on, everyone wins in this fun drinking game of chance! To play, simply turn ...

Reg.Price 22.00
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One-Touch-Electric-Wine-Opener
One Touch Electric Wine Opener

Vibrant and efficient, this corkscrew brings a new, illuminated dimension to opening wine. For effortless opening of your favorite wines -- no matter ...

Reg.Price 42.90
Our Price 39.00

Mini-Key-Chain-Personal-Breathalyzer
Mini Key Chain Personal Breathalyzer

As seen on Today Show Innovative and discreet, this FDA approved personal breathalyzer key chain keeps you easily informed of your blood alcohol level...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

Brown-Leather-Golfer-Hip-Flask-(Engravable)
Brown Leather Golfer Hip Flask (Engravable)

Perfectly accenting the natural spirits of the green, this brown leather hip flask is sure to elevate any golfer's game by providing the necessary too...

Reg.Price 45.10
Our Price 41.00

Personalized-Monte-Carlo-Stainless-Steel-Flask-and-Cigar-Tubes
Personalized Monte Carlo Stainless Steel Flask and Cigar Tubes

What could be better in life than a sip of your favorite bourbon, scotch, or gin, and a puff from a well aged cigar? Our three-in-one personalized sta...

Reg.Price 46.20
Our Price 42.00

Life-Jacket-Wine-Bottle-Cover
Life Jacket Wine Bottle Cover

As seen on the Today Show! Guaranteed to save your life if you've grown so very weary of the same old wine gift boxes, bags, and tags! Ideal for those...

Reg.Price 20.90
Our Price 19.00

Pool-Jam-Waterproof-iPod-Ready-Wireless-Speaker-Set
Pool Jam Waterproof iPod Ready Wireless Speaker Set

Certain to get everyone rockin' at the beach, pool, lake, or hot tub, our floating waterproof speakers feature a blue mood light for night-time swims,...

Reg.Price 139.70
Our Price 127.00

Professional-Insulated-Ice-Bucket-with-Lid-and-Scoop
Professional Insulated Ice Bucket with Lid and Scoop

Stainless steel, double-walled insulation, roomy interior, a lightweight scoop, and an acrylic flip topthis ice bucket gets the job done and looks eve...

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Our Price 51.00

Adjustable-Handle-Clamp-Grill-Light
Adjustable Handle Clamp Grill Light

The path to grilling greatness has been illuminated! Made of heat and weather resistant high-density plastic, our bbq grill light features 15 bright, ...

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Wine Bottle Candle Wicks, Set of 2

Wine has been known to give everything around it a warm glow--and this case is no exception. Effortlessly transforming used bottles into graceful tabl...

Reg.Price 15.40
Our Price 14.00

Brewopoly-Board-Game
Brewopoly Board Game

Here's a great board game for people who like to drink beer! Are you a pilsner person, a lager lover, a brown ale girl, a stout fellow, or is wheat yo...

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Our Price 31.00

Stainless-Steel-Martini-Glasses
Stainless Steel Martini Glasses

Crisp and modern. Featuring satin finishes and 18/8 stainless steel construction, these handsome stainless steel martini glasses outlast, and keep you...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

Wine-Cork-Trivet-Kit
Wine Cork Trivet Kit

Love the various flavors and tastes of wine? Then try out this unique wine trivet kit, it is the perfect way to store all those wine corks and memorie...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

Brandy-Snifter-and-Warmer-Set-Large
Brandy Snifter and Warmer Set, Large

There's nothing quite like the fragrant aroma and taste of warmed Brandy or Cognac. Cradle the brandy snifter over the gentle flame and unlock the hid...

Reg.Price 42.90
Our Price 39.00

Meat-Mark-It-Personalized-Steak-Branding-Iron
Meat Mark-It Personalized Steak Branding Iron

Mark those steaks with pride just like in the Wild West with our meat mark-it steak branding iron. It's easy to personalize! Just pull off the side cl...

Reg.Price 28.60
Our Price 26.00

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