1980s: 7 cocktails we loved

1980s: 7 cocktails we loved

The Eighties left us with nostalgia, even at the level of mixology: here are some cocktails for nostalgics, from Alexander to Blue Lagoon.

In full mixology fever , one wonders: but before the bartenders with the hipster beard and measured movements, before the return of speakeasies and the use of albumin for cocktails, before the rebirth of gin , what did we drink? Italy, which has always been a land of experimentation for drinks and alcoholic beverages, is the birthplace of one of the greatest cocktails ever, the Negroni Sbagliato . But that wasn’t the only thing to drink. Here is what we found among the foggy memories of many nights in the Eighties that began with that phrase: “ Ok, just a cocktail and then let’s go home ”.


  1. Alexander . This cocktail appears already in the first guides of the early twentieth century, but in the eighties it experienced a boom similar to that of Madonna. There was no reception where it was not served. Rare to intercept, today it could be among those classic Eighties to be resurrected thanks to the commitment of some good mixologist. Meanwhile, here is the recipe: 3 cl of Cognac, 3 cl of Crème de cacao (brown), 3 cl of fresh cream. After shaking everything with ice, it should be decorated with nutmeg.
  2. Negroni Wrong . Invented by Mirko Stocchetto at Bar Basso in Milan , the infamous Negroni Sbagliato was born in the seventies. The following decade has consecrated it until it reaches the present day without any sign of fatigue. Its success is due to the brut sparkling wine used as an alternative to gin. This made it lighter and more accessible to a wider audience as well. The recipe: 3 cl of brut sparkling wine, 3 cl of red Vermouth and 3 cl of Campari. Garnish with an orange slice.
  3. Long Island Iced Tea . Invented between 1980 and 1987 at Babylon , on the island of Long Island, New York , this cocktail owes its name both to the place of origin and to the appearance similar to that of iced tea even if there is no inside there is a drop of it. According to a legend, this drink was invented during Prohibition and, to mask the alcohol base, Coca-Cola was added to make it look like a harmless iced tea. Inside, however, there were (and still are) vodka, rum, triple sec and gin. The recipe: 1,5 cl of vodka, 1,5 cl of white rum, 1,5 cl of triple sec, 1,5 cl of gin, 2,5 fresh lemon juice, 3 cl of sugar syrup, 1, spray of Coca-Cola.
  4. Sex on the Beach . Invented in the early 1970s, this cocktail originally had another name. It was called Fun on the Beach and it combined vodka, Midori, Chambord, pineapple juice and blueberry. In Europe, Midori was not very easy to find. For this he obviated his presence, also changing the name to Sex on the Beach. Today, vodka, peach tree, orange and cranberry are used. The recipe: 4 cl of vodka, 2 cl of peach liqueur, 4 cl of orange juice, 4 cl of Cranberry.
  5. Cosmopolitan . Born in Miami around 1985, the Cosmopolitan was created by bartender Cheryl Cook. This drink was designed to appeal to a female audience: Cook combined the sweetness of blueberries and the strength of vodka. The hope was to animate the Miami nightlife. Samantha in Sex and the City thought about making us nostalgic and making it explode . The recipe: 4 cl of Citron Vodka, 1.5 cl of Cointreau, 1.5 cl of Lime juice, 3 cl of Cranberry.
  6. B-52 . To get an idea of ​​how evil this cocktail was, just think that it took its name from the long-range Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber, used during the Vietnam War to drop the bombs to ignite the Napalm. For this reason perhaps the bartenders began to set it on fire before serving it, obtaining a more scenographic effect. Its origin is rather uncertain, but its birth dates back to the late seventies. Served in a shot, the B-52 contained (well separated from each other) three identical 2cl doses of coffee liqueur, Irish cream and Grand Marnier.
  7. Blue Lagoon . Born in 1987, this cocktail was a tribute to the unforgettable film with Brooke Shields Blue Lagoon . In 1987 it was made only with vodka and gin. It turned blue thanks to the addition of Curaçao, top of Lemonsoda, an orange slice and a maraschino cherry. Like its heir from the 90s, the Blue Angel , it was a mix capable of knocking you out straight away. The recipe: 4 cl of vodka, 2 cl of blue curaçao, 2 cl of lemon juice, 1 cl of sugar syrup.

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