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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 1957 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!

1. Adonis

2. Affinity

3. Alexander No. 1

4. Alexander No. 2

5. Alexander’s Sister

6. Alfonso Cocktail

7. American Beauty

8. Applejack Sour

9. B & B

10. Bacardi Cocktail

11. Bamboo Cocktail

12. Basic Eggnog

13. Bee’s Knees

14. Benedictine Cocktail

15. Betsy Ross

16. Between the Sheets

17. Blood and Sand

18. Bloody Mary

19. Blue Devil

20. Blue Moon

21. Bronx

22. Champagne Cocktail

23. Claret Cobbler

24. Clover Club

25. Coffee Cocktail

26. Collins

27. Creole

28. Cuba Libre

29. Daiquiri (Plain)

30. Daiquiri (Frozen)

31. Diablo (For 6)

32. Dixie

33. Dubonnet Fizz

34. Earthquake

35. French “75”

36. Gertie’s Garter

37. Gibson

38. Gimlet

39. Gin and Tonic

40. Gin Fizz

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, 44, 73)
Creme de Menthe, Greeen (7, 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?

Early Cocktail Resources

Jerry Thomas' How to Mix Drinks, The Bon-vivant's Companion, 1862
Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, The Bon-vivant’s Companion, 1862
Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual, 1882
Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual, 1882
Joseph Fleischman’s The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines, 1885
Joseph Fleischman’s The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines, 1885
James C. Maloney, The 20th Century Guide for Mixing Fancy Drinks, 1900
James C. Maloney, The 20th Century Guide for Mixing Fancy Drinks, 1900
Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks, 1913
Straub’s Manual of Mixed Drinks, 1913

Leo Englel's American and Other Drinks, 1878
Leo Englel’s American and Other Drinks, 1878
Albert Barnes’ The Complete Bartender, the Art of Mixing, 1884, Title page
Albert Barnes’ The Complete Bartender, the Art of Mixing, 1884
Official Hand-Book and Guide Bartenders’ Association of New York City, 1895
Official Hand-Book and Guide Bartenders’ Association of New York City, 1895
Ryans’s Liquor Shop, Bottoms Up, Ryan's Guide to Pleasant Drinking, 1900
Ryan’s Liquor Shop, Bottoms Up, Ryan’s Guide to Pleasant Drinking, 1900
Jacques Straub's Drinks, 1914
Jacques Straub’s Drinks, 1914
Yeatman and Company, Drinks and How to Make Them, 1879
Yeatman and Company, Drinks and How to Make Them, 1879
George Winter's How to Mix Drinks, Bar Keepers' Handbook, 1884
George Winter’s How to Mix Drinks, Bar Keepers’ Handbook, 1884
Frederick Davies’ Drinks of All Kinds for All Season, 1896
Frederick Davies’ Drinks of All Kinds for All Season, 1896
Frederick Lawrence Knowles’ The Cocktail Book, A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen, 1902
Frederick Lawrence Knowles’ The Cocktail Book, A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen, 1902

Many more cocktail books…EUVS Vintage Cocktail Books 

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