5 Drinks That Need to Make a Comeback in 2020

There are things better left in the past, like neon spandex and huge blazer shoulder pads. What should never be forgotten are the classic drinks that need to make a comeback. While newer cocktails have earned their rightful place in society, we can’t sit back and let these treasures stay buried forever. It’s always fun to unearth the gems we’ve almost forgotten and rekindle our love and passion for the classics!

Take a look at these tipples and see what you can start shaking up on your next weekend gathering. You’re sure to be overcome with nostalgia as you take a sip and reminisce about the good old days!

1. Harvey Wallbanger

The Harvey Wallbanger is a fruity cocktail born in the 50s. Although, it wasn’t until the 1970s when it became a big hit, especially among disco-goers. Many Americans love this drink to this day, which is why they continue to celebrate National Harvey Wallbanger Day every November 8th!


  • 3 parts vodka
  • 1 part Galliano L’Autentico Liqueur
  • 6 parts orange juice

Instructions: Mix the vodka and orange juice together in a glass. Then, let the Galliano float on top. Finally, garnish with a Maraschino cherry or an orange slice.

2. Rob Roy

Thirsting for whiskey and vermouth? Then, the Rob Roy is the vintage cocktail you need! A bartender in NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel created this cocktail in 1894. Interestingly, the name originated at a time when an operetta about Robert Roy MacGregor was playing.


  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 oz Scotch whiskey
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Instructions: Mix the ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice. Serve in a chilled glass and garnish.

3. Brandy Alexander

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Ditch the Kahlua for now and revive your love for chocolate cocktails with the Brandy Alexander. This dessert-like drink is John Lennon’s favorite, and we’re not surprised!


  • 2 oz brandy or cognac
  • 1 oz crème de cacao
  • 1 oz double cream
  • Dash of nutmeg

Instructions: Mix the brandy or cognac, crème de cacao, and double cream in a cocktail shaker. Then, serve in a chilled glass and add a dash of nutmeg on top.

4. Tom Collins

In 1874, there was a hoax that went around about a person named Tom Collins. Legend has it that the man was saying bad things about people and calling them bad names. When the angered people went looking for Tom, he couldn’t be found, of course. A smart bartender named his cocktail mix ‘Tom Collins’ so that everyone who went to the bar looking for this man was handed a tall gin drink instead!

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  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • ½ oz sugar syrup
  • 3 oz club soda

Instructions: Mix lemon juice, gin, sugar syrup, and ice in a glass. Add the soda water on top and garnish as you wish.

5. Pink Lady

The Pink Lady is not as sweet as it looks, but it tastes great! The grenadine gives it a pink blush hue and a sweet, fruity flavor while the other ingredients add a tart flavor profile for contrast.


  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 dashes of grenadine
  • 1 tsp half-and-half cream

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Grab Your Ingredients at Festival

These retro cocktails don’t have to be lost in the archives forever. May this list remind us of the drinks that need to make a comeback this year and in many more years. Cheers!

Of course, if you live in Annapolis and are looking to revisit these classic cocktails, stop by Festival Wine and Spirits for all the best ingredients. We take great pride in our eclectic collection of wine, beer, and liquor.