Cocktails from the 1920s You Will Fall in Love With

The 1920s were a time of reinvention – the development of cocktails was supported in terms of economic growth, flappers, jazz era, and ban. When America entered the ban period, it was forbidden from 16 January 1920 to produce, sell and transport alcohol. Force bartenders, mixers as well as the public to change their drinking habits.
We glance back at the top 9 of the 1920s drinks that lasted 100 years as we spur into the ’20s of the 20th century.
If it’s a big Gatsby party or you’re searching for classic 1920s cocktails – try these nine cocktails that best embody the best of its 20’s.

History of Cocktails

The time of the Great Gatsby, which captured the exuberance of the 1920s with lavish parties, an exorbitant wealth of goods, and illicit alcohol, is emblematic of Scott Fitzgerald. The key feature is bootlegging, which has contributed to a new way of wealth through the ban on “intoxicating drink.” In the drinks that have stood the test of time, the popularisation of a speakeasy with homemade alcohol can be found.

Bees’ Knees

Gin was among the most common drinks used during the 1920s since it was quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. The production was so simple that a powder bath was filled with alcohol and instead diluted with water and mixed with sugar syrup as well as juniper oil. It is known that the resulting hooch was flavored only with the danger of blindness as well as toxicity.
Therefore, cocktails were blended to disguise the taste of ‘bath gin’ of poor quality. Bee’s Knees revitalized the spirit and balanced the heavy aromas with sweet honey and delicious citrus juice. The name of the main ingredient, the honey of the bee. Try this variant for just a superior bootleg classic rather than the high-quality gin and honey.


As America became prohibited, several bartenders traveled to Europe to advance their trade as well as skills. Harry MacElhone, one of those other bartenders, is thought to have invented Sidecar in Harry’s bar in Paris. Sidecar, inspired by Orleans Sours, is different in appearance and proportions from the Brandy Crusta cocktail.
Sidecar rapidly developed into a drink that was classical in London and Paris, combining a cognac, orange liqueur with lemon juice. The dry smile often provided bartenders with difficulties balancing an enticing challenge.

El Presidente

During the 1920s, it was interesting to sail around the lake, avoiding prohibition limits, to Europe and to South America. Rum was available in Cuba to create the El Presidente, a blend of white rum, dry vermouth, orange curacao as well as grenadine. In addition, a smoked version of this cocktail can be made by adding smoke to the cocktail. In Cuba, the cocktail was made.
Like the Sidecar, an American bartender, Eddie Woelke, is accredited to create a cocktail that has made the beverage in Havana, Cuba, more sophisticated and famous. The original recipe was first produced in honor of Cuba’s president, Mario Menocal. 

French 75

A cocktail of gin champagne, grenadine, lemon juice with champagne, of course. The recipe is first written in the American print, ‘Here’s How!’ to bootleggers, called for kicking anything more than a 75 mm field artillery weapon. This easy cocktail with variants utilizing gin or cognac is filled with champagne with such a touch of glamorous. 

Monkey Gland

A popular gin cocktail, orange juice, grenadine as well as absinthe was produced throughout the height of prohibition. A 1923 newspaper reported creating an attractive Monkey Gland cocktail reading: “There is another set of strong cocktails developed by Frank, the popular concocter while behind Ritz bar, whose favorite is classified as the monkey-gland.”
Dr. Voronoff, in search of eternal youth, started a series of operations in which he had grafted animal tissue to people. He used to draw on the sensational medical history of the Monkey Glass. The most famous operation was to graft monkey tests on people to restore youthful energy as well as to prolong life. The French doctor was debunked by the detection of testosterone in 1935, but the cocktail stayed so famous.


Founded in 1927, Boulevardier is an alteration in whiskey of the very well-known Negroni. The Boulevardier consists of the same sections Campari, Bourbon as well as the Italian vermouth, which would be a great match.
The earliest beverage recipe was made by the writer Erskine Gwynne in ‘Barflies & Cocktails.’ Perhaps Harry McElhone’s enduring success with drinks is the result of the ban since bartender manufacturers around the globe are inspired and put the better of their work.

South Side

A cousin of the Mojito age of prohibition, a traditional American cocktail. The favorite drink of American gangster al-Capone is said to have come into being since the gang was dominating Chicago’s south side – the south. Created with lime juice, gin, & mint – good flavors, ideal for speakeasies flagging baths. Conversely, apply soda water to the south side of the Fizz.


Hanky-Panky, popular during the ban, mixes easy dry gin with sweet gin & Fernet-Branca. The first woman bartender at Savoy Hotel, Ada Coleman, crafted a trademark cocktail. The drink that he has been served made him scream, ‘By Jove! That’s the true fantasy.’ when a cop asked for a cocktail only with real punch. And therefore, the name was given to Hanky-Panky.

Mary Pickford

A drink was given during the filming of Cuba to the Hollywood superstar Mary Pickford. Just after the superstar, the cocktail was called as she enjoyed a legal cocktail that packed a punch. First released in 1928 in the cocktail ‘When Cocktail Time in Cuba’ covers rum, apple juice, grenadine as well as maraschino liqueurs. The pale-rose drink seems to be the great combo of the flavors of rum and fresh fruit.

Final Words

So these were some of the best cocktails of the 1920s era that you must surely try out once in life and enjoy its taste.

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