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Swank Cocktail Guide: 80 cocktails in 80 days

Swank Cocktail Guide
Swank Cocktail Guide purchased at the Sandwich Bazaar Flea Market in July 2022

Swank Cocktail Guide

Nearly every Wednesday and Sunday morning throughout the summer, we stroll the Sandwich Bazaar Flea Market in search of amazing finds. On the last Wednesday of July 2022, we happened upon the ultimate vintage bar accessory – The Swank Cocktail Guide.

This clever little device looks to be from the 1950s. Eighty cocktails are displayed on the front of the gadget in alphabetical order. The red wheel is used to scroll through the paper roll to find the desired cocktail’s recipe.

A few days after the Swank Cocktail Guide purchase, I found a collection of unopened vintage airline bottles of liquor at an estate sale. The highlight of the group is the Crown Royal bottle, dated 1956 and with the United Airlines tag still around the neck.

Vintage liquor

Two cocktail finds from the 1950s in one week. Hmmm.

A family of cocktail enthusiasts

My parents, Ernie and Evelyn Faulkner on right, at a cocktail party in 1954.

Gathering for cocktails was always a part of my family’s life. In the photo above (which occurred prior to my arrival in the next decade), my smartly dressed parents chat over cocktails with the man on the left in 1954, and below, my beloved Uncle Phil and Aunt Hazel celebrate the beginning of 1956 in Chicago, Illinois.

My uncle and aunt, Phil and Hazel Faulkner, in 1956 in Chicago, Illinois.

We held our first cocktail party in December 1980 just after our first anniversary. The dress for the party was very casual and our featured cocktail was the Harvey Wallbanger, which was quite popular in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Greg and Kim Hull’s first cocktail party, 1980
My mother, Evelyn Faulkner, 1980s.

So, what happens when two cocktail enthusiasts find a Swank Cocktail Guide listing 80 cocktails?

80 cocktails in 80 days

The Swank Cocktail Guide’s 80 cocktails are listed below. Each day, we’ll try one of the cocktails beginning with the Adonis, which has an interesting history. While some of the recipes have changed over time, we will stick to the Swank version of the recipe in most instances.

Below the list of cocktails is a shopping list for the required ingredients in case you want to follow along and try some or all. Below that, our rating scale definition. Cheers!

41. Golden Fizz

42. Grasshopper

43. Gunga Din

44. Hurricane

45. Jack Rose

46. Jamaica Ginger

47. King Alphonse

48. Mamie Taylor

49. Manhattan (Dry)

50. Manhattan (Sweet)

51. Margarita

52. Martini (Dry)

53. Martini on the Rocks

54. Milk Punch

55. Millionaire No. 1

56. Millionaire No. 2

57. New Orleans Fizz

58. Old Fashioned

59. Orange Blossom

60. Perfect

61. Pink Lady No. 2

62. Pisco Punch

63. Planter’s Punch

64. Rob Roy

65. Salome

66. Screwdriver

67. Shamrock

68. Sidecar

69. Silver Fizz

70. Silver Stallion

71. Singapore Sling

72. Sloe Gin Fizz

73. Stinger

74. Toddy (Hot)

75. Ward 8

76. Whiskey Sour

77. White Lion

78. Widow’s Dream

79. XYZ

80. Zazarac

Cocktail Shopping List

The ingredients needed for the first 16 cocktails are listed below. The number(s) in the brackets relate to the Swank Cocktail Guide cocktail where the ingredient is used. For example, Cocktail #1, the Adonis, requires Dry Sherry, Sweet Vermouth, and Orange Bitters.

Amer Picon (27)
Anisette (55, 80)
Applejack (8, 45)
Benedictine (9, 14, 27, 78)
Brandy (3, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 31, 62, 68, 73, 74)
Brandy, Apricot (56)
Brandy, Cherry (17, 33, 71)
Champagne (6, 22, 35)
Chartreuse, Green (67)
Cointreau (16, 25, 51, 68, 79)
Creme de Cacao (3, 4, 42, 47)
Creme de Menthe, White (5, 7, 44, 73)
Creme de Menthe, Green (42, 67)
Curaçao (15, 46)
Dubonnet (6, 33, 65)
Gin (4, 5, 13, 19, 20, 21, 24, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 48, 52, 53, 55, 57, 59, 60, 61, 65, 69, 70, 71)
Maraschino (19, 20, 23, 46)
Pernod (32, 34, 55, 80)
Port (7, 15)
Rum: Barcardi, Light, Jamaican, Dark (10, 16, 28, 29, 30, 46, 56, 63, 77, 79, 80)
Rye (80)
Sherry, Dry (1, 11)
Sloe gin (56, 72)
Tequila (51)
Vermouth, Dry (2, 7, 21, 31, 32, 37, 43, 49, 50, 52, 53, 60, 65, 67)
Vermouth, Sweet (1, 2, 11, 17, 21, 27, 50, 60, 64)
Vodka (18, 26, 52, 66)
Whisky/Whiskey: Scotch, Irish, Any (2, 17, 27, 34, 44, 49, 50, 58, 64, 67, 75, 76)
Wine, Claret (23)

Bitters, Angostura (2, 6, 11, 14, 15, 22, 31, 46, 49, 50, 58, 64, 71, 77, 80)
Bitters, Orange (1, 31, 80)
Cherry (2, 14, 50, 66, 71, 76)
Cinnamon stick (74)
Cloves (74)
Club soda (26, 33, 40, 41, 57, 58, 69, 70, 72, 75)
Cocktail onions (37, 52)
Coffee (25)
Coke (28)
Cream (3, 4, 5, 42, 47, 57, 78)
Egg (12, 20, 24, 41, 55, 57, 61, 69, 78)
Food coloring, blue (19)
Fruit garnish (23, 36, 58, 63, 66, 75)
Ginger ale (48)
Grapefruit juice (36)
Grenadine (7, 8, 24, 32, 36, 45, 46, 56, 61, 71, 75)
Honey (13)
Ice Cream, Vanilla (70)
Lemon/lemon juice (2, 6, 8, 13, 14, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 33, 35, 39, 40, 41, 44, 48, 49, 51, 53, 57, 58, 61, 62, 64, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79)
Lime/lime juice (8, 10, 24, 28, 29, 30, 40, 41, 45, 56, 63, 69, 70)
Milk (12, 54)
Mint (71)
Nutmeg (12, 54)
Olives (52, 67)
Orange/Orange juice (7, 17, 21, 22, 32, 33, 43, 59, 66, 71, 76)
Orange flower water (57)
Pineapple/pineapple juice (43, 62)
Powdered sugar (14, 26, 29, 30, 35, 40, 41, 59, 69, 77)
Raspberry syrup (77)
Rose’s Lime Juice (38)
Simple Syrup (10, 63, 80)
Sugar/sugar cubes (6, 8, 12, 22, 23, 57, 58, 74, 76)
Tomato juice (18)
Tonic water (39)
Worcestershire sauce (18)

Cocktail Reviews

We each rate the cocktail based on our personal preference from 1 to 5 🍸. Unlike most online cocktail reviews, we don’t love every cocktail. Again, it’s our preferences and yours may vary. Our scale can be interpreted as:

🍸 One sip. Ugh. Pour it out.

🍸🍸 If handed this cocktail at a party, it would casually disappear after a few sips. Check behind the plant.

🍸🍸🍸 If handed this cocktail at a party, it would be consumed, but never ordered in a bar.

🍸🍸🍸🍸 Yes, please.

🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸Can I have another?

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