A Throwback to the 60s: Famous Drinks That Are Simple to Make


What are famous 60s-themed cocktails that are simple to make?

  1. The Manhattan
  2. The Old-Fashioned
  3. Whiskey Sour
  4. Mint Julep
  5. Sidecar
  6. Bloody Mary
  7. The Gimlet
  8. White Russian

The 60s was truly a decade to remember. It was an era that experienced revolutionary movements, war, and a man on the moon. It was also a time in history that highlighted the likes of Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, and other iconic figures. It was in the films of the 60s where many classic cocktails were popularized.

Today, these drinks are still being crafted, but most of them have evolved throughout the years. The wide varieties of liquor in the Philippines have been known to change things up, from the ingredients to the alcohol ratios of cocktails. We’re here to present to you the classic recipes of these famous 60s bar drinks:

The Manhattan


This classic cocktail mix is one of the finest and oldest out there. The Manhattan has seen a number of recipe variations over the decades. From choices of whiskey and bourbon to the use of ingredients such as mint and ginger in order to cater to the different taste preferences of casual drinkers and liquor enthusiasts. Though there is one recipe that resembles the classic taste of The Manhattan from the 60s. Here’s how to whip up your own:


  • 2 oz. of Jim Beam White
  • 1 oz. of sweet vermouth
  • 2 – 3 dashes of Angostura bitter
  • 1 Cherry


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with cherry.

The Old-Fashioned


Crafting your own Old-fashioned is one of the easiest classic drinks you can make on your own. It’s one of the most iconic drinks of the 60s. Though the Old-fashioned has been served since the 1800s, its popularity rose in the 1960s. Its mixture of sweet, fruity, and bitter flavors made it a go-to bar drink for many during that period – until today as well.

Much like every classic drink, the Old-fashioned has morphed over time. Yet, the classic recipe still remains the best for purists and those with traditional tastes. That’s what we’ll present. This timeless cocktail’s genius lies in its simplicity:


  • 2 oz. of whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 – 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • An orange peel
  • 1 cherry


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Place the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass.
  3. In the old-fashioned glass, saturate the sugar cube with the bitters.
  4. Muddle the sugar cube with the bitters.
  5. Add ice.
  6. Then add the whiskey.
  7. Garnish with the orange peel and cherry.

Whiskey Sour


When it comes to cocktail mixes, sours have got to be the liquor with the most variations. But one sour stands out from the rest. Undoubtedly, whiskey sour is king of the hill. Whiskey sour is one of the best cocktails of all time. Though the name suggests that this drink is sour, you may find a balance between sour and sweet depending on your portions. The recipe seeks to find harmony between the two flavors. This old drink may even be a new favorite of yours.


  • 1 ½ oz. of whiskey
  • 1 ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. of simple syrup
  • 1 cherry or lemon peel
  • Egg white (optional)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Strain the mix into a chilled old-fashion glass or serve on the rocks.
  6. Garnish with a cherry or lemon peel.

Mint Julep


Mint Julep is associated with the cuisine of Southern America, particularly in the Kentucky Derby, where this drink was regularly served. It was traditionally served in silver cups in order to maintain its cold temperature. Additionally, it was known to be held at the rim in order to further preserve its frost. This drink is not solely for horse racing fans; it has been a timeless favorite for many as a bar drink and for those who enjoy an ice cold mix.


  • 2 ½ oz. of Jim Beam White
  • 6-8 whole mint leaves
  • 2 cubes of sugar
  • Crushed ice


  1. Gather all the ingredients.
  2. Place the mind and sugar cubes into a julep cup or old-fashioned glass.
  3. Muddle the mint leaves and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Add the Jim Bean White.
  5. Add the crushed ice.
  6. Stir until the glass becomes frosty.



One of the best cocktails of all time, the Sidecar still remains as one of the world’s most popular classic cocktails. It is highly regarded by many as the perfect sour cocktail. Originally, the base ingredient for this flavorful cocktail is cognac.

In recent years, a known base variant for the Sidecar has been bourbon. But we’re after the ingredients that made this cocktail a classic. It’s important to achieve a distinct balance of sweet and sour when making the perfect Sidecar.


  • 2 oz. of Remy Martin VSOP
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • Lemon peel/orange peel


  1. Gather all the ingredients.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with the lemon peel.

Bloody Mary


Known around the world as a breakfast salad and one of the best cures for hangovers, the Bloody Mary is as popular today as it was in the 60s. This may seem like a drink that involves making use of a lot of recipes, but it’s actually an incredibly simple drink to make from scratch. This vodka and tomato-based cocktail inspired numerous tomato-based liquor over the years. Here’s how to make a Bloody Mary just like how it was made in the 60s.


  • 1 ½ oz. of vodka
  • 3 oz. tomato juice
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • A pinch celery salt
  • A pinch of ground pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Celery stalk
  • Lemon wedge


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  3. Mix all the liquid ingredients in a highball glass.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Add one dash of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.
  6. Add the celery salt and ground pepper.
  7. Then garnish with the celery stalk and lemon wedge.

The Gimlet


Another of the 60s great sour, the Gimlet is among the classic cocktails that capture the true essence of a sour drink. It is also one of the few 60s mixes that have gone unchanged throughout the course of time. Requiring only a few ingredients, this cocktail’s taste will heavily rely on a great choice of gin. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect ingredients for you:


  • 2 oz. Hendricks Gin
  • ¾ oz. of lime cordial or lime juice
  • 1 wedge of lime


  1. Gather all the ingredients.
  2. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  3. Pour the ingredients into the mixing glass.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Then strain the mix into a cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with the lime wedge.

White Russian


This is a drink that one must never miss out on. It’s one of the most popular vodka-based cocktails around. This is another very simple concoction to whip up. Its creamy taste is what gives the drink its charm. This lusciously creamy cocktail is everyone’s best friend, whether you’re spending your night at a small bar or at a posh event, the White Russian will always fit in any occasion.


  • 1 ½ oz. of Stolichnaya Red
  • ¾ oz. coffee liqueur
  • ¾ oz. cream


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Serve on the rocks.

Key Takeaway

You can always take a step back from the contemporary era and unwind with a few of these classic cocktails from the 60s. Enjoying these mixes with the best liquor the Philippines has to offer is the finest way to spice up your drinking experience.

You don’t need to be under the lights of a 60s-themed event to enjoy these cocktails, you could concoct any of these recipes whenever you want! Using top-notch ingredients is paramount for any great drink, just click here to view Alcoline’s products, it’s is the best way to enjoy any of these insatiable recipes.

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