Easy drinking and crowd pleasing, retro cocktails are great for parties and for adding a little fun to cocktail hour. We've got plenty of retro sweet cocktails such as piña coladas and tequila sunrises, alongside retro Christmas cocktails like the snowball, and plenty of other kitsch favourites including blue lagoons, grasshoppers and more.
13 retro cocktail recipes
Transport yourself to the tropics with our perfect piña colada recipe. Creamy, fruity and delightfully retro, this drink of coconut cream, white rum and pineapple is perfect for summer sipping. You’ll need a blender for this recipe – and make sure you don’t use too much ice as this will make the cocktail watery.
This retro cocktail gets it eye-catching colour from a combination of blue curaçao and grenadine.
Stir up this classic vodka cocktail at your next get-together – you only need four ingredients.
This easy-drinking, kitsch tequila cocktail looks very striking and can be made in just two minutes. Just make sure you serve the drink unmixed as that's the key to those all-important 'sunrise' layers.
Make this classic vodka cocktail with just a handful of ingredients and our simple recipe – it's a citrussy serve for sunny days
Who doesn't love a blue cocktail? Maximise your holiday vibes with this vibrant, sweet and fruity drink.
For a cocktail that features five different spirits – gin, vodka, rum, tequila and triple sec – this drink is surprisingly smooth and easy drinking.
This classic 90s cocktail – made famous by a certain HBO series – is deliciously tangy and fruity, and needs just four ingredients to make.
Emerging in the late 80s and 90s, the French martini exemplifies the era’s vogue for fruity and sweet vodka cocktails.
Made with crème de cacao, cream and brandy, this decadent dessert cocktail makes for a special after-dinner treat.
One for fans of mint chocolate, this retro, three-ingredient drink is a great dessert cocktail or festive party tipple. To make it even more special, swap the cream for vanilla or mint chocolate chip ice cream and whizz everything together in a blender until smooth for a delicious boozy pudding.
Zesty lemonade and creamy advocaat shouldn't go together but they work brilliantly in this classic festive cocktail. Don't skip the lime juice as this stops the drink from being too cloying.
So called because vodka was the primary ingredient, the white russian enjoyed a period of popularity during the disco years of the 1970s before fading into obscurity. That is until the release of The Big Lebowski in 1998, where it was the go-to drink for Jeff Bridges' The Dude, who drinks nine of them throughout the film. To make this recipe vegan, substitute the cream for your favourite dairy-free single cream. We like using oat-based ones best.