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Old 08-12-2016, 12:11 PM
 
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There was a huge resurgence of "classic" cocktails in the 90s-early 2000s, from which evolved the rise of the craft cocktail program. Much more brown spirit/gin-focused (as opposed to the glut of vodka or worse, "flavored" vodka of the 90s), and increased appreciation for bitter cocktails featuring amaros, an increased use of herbal components in drinks, a resurgence of authentic Tiki drinks, etc. Working the bar at many modern urban places requires a lot of knowledge about alcohol, it's way more than pulling pints and mixing a highball these days.


The Long Island Iced Tea days--and their terrible offspring of "apple martinis" and the like--are pretty much past us, thankfully.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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Based on the episodes of Bar Rescue that I just watched, you'd think that's all that people drink. Oh, and beer. LOL.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:40 PM
 
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Manhattans are very popular!
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Sazerac is my current favorite. Also Ramos Gin Fizz.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Remember back in the 1970s there occasionally was an alcohol advertising pullout in TV Guide which featured the drinks above and more and how to prepare along with a nice color image?

Are these still popular in a time of Long Island Ice Tea, Rum and Coke, etc.
it seems to me, from watching our grandkids now drink, the old drinks like Martinis and even Manhattans are back on he scene and not much talk about Long Island Ice tea or even Rum and Coke but I am sure in parts of the country they are popular. It appears wine and beer are at the top of the list, followed by drinks like Martinis.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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They seem to be with Millenials, maybe b/c it's "new" to them. My daughter said she & her friends liked Manhattans & Stingers & I thought, "What?? Yuck!". My sister, who was nearly a generation older than me, loved Martinis, which I thought tasted like gasoline, but now that I'm older, I really like a well-made martini, only with vodka, not gin.

I think it's just the cycle of everything old is new again...maybe people are tiring of the craft beer fad.
actually get a few years older and you might learn to like them with gin. I am getting to the place I prefer the gin. You are right about what the millennials are drinking.

I can remember when I was leaving for college my dad taught me how to enjoy a martini, telling me it was a lady's drink. Well let me assure you, I thought he had lost his head. I would just throw the drink out when he turned his head. Now it is about the only mixed drink I ever have.
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Old 08-14-2016, 06:48 AM
 
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Default Are old school mixed drinks still popular? Martini, Tom Collins, Manhattan, Stingray, etc

I like the occasional Old Fashioned. Nothing more old school than that.
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Old 08-14-2016, 07:10 AM
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Remember back in the 1970s there occasionally was an alcohol advertising pullout in TV Guide which featured the drinks above and more and how to prepare along with a nice color image?

Are these still popular in a time of Long Island Ice Tea, Rum and Coke, etc.

Many young people start out with "beginner drinks"

Rum and Coke
Seven and Seven
Screwdriver.
Whisky Sour

Than move on to the more established Adult cocktails. Manhatten, Martini, etc.etc.

Never cared for the latest "designer cocktails".

Now that I am way past beginner drinks I just have the same old drink every time. Top Shelf Gin and a quality Tonic with a nice slice of Lime.
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I like the occasional Old Fashioned. Nothing more old school than that.
Seems like that is another drink coming back. My dad and mom used to drink them; they also loved Bacardi cocktails. I am going way back, like to the 50s.
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Old 08-14-2016, 05:36 PM
 
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Not sure if it's old school or not but DH likes dirty martini's. I still love a good LI ice tea and several restaurants in my area make them really good. I have always wanted to try a grasshopper. I remember as a kid going to a diner and on the place mats were the names of the drinks mentioned here and how to make them. Any one ever drink a pink lady??
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