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Drinks that define the decades: Part 2

By Amber Rolt on 15/05/14 3:34 PM

In our second instalment of drinks by decade, we explore tipples from the seventies to today.

1970s – Piña Colada

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Partly down to Rupert Holmes and his hit ‘Escape (the piña colada song)’, and partly down to a broadened palette for richer flavours, pineapple juice with light rum and mixed ice became a fuel for the summer, as well as those who get caught in the rain.


1980s – Margarita


Margarita means ‘daisy’ in Spanish and while many a bartender, socialite and even a showgirl have claimed to have invented it in the 1980s, the drink’s origins remain as hazy as your head the morning after one too many. Served chilled or frozen, the margarita has stood strong since the 80s as a signature drink.


1990s – Long Island Iced Tea

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The 90s kicked things up a gear by throwing all the goods into the same mixer, under the guise of the infamous Long Island Ice Tea. The real concoction of vodka, gin, tequila and rum with a splash of cola doesn’t have much to do with tea, but has the same amber hue. They can be made ‘extra long’, for those prepared.


2000s –Jägerbomb

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The unlikely combination of Jägermeister and Red Bull took over as the weekend fuel of choice in the naughties. While it is most popular amongst the young, Jägermeister can still be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, or served with beer as it is in Germany.


2010 – today


Into the teenies our tastes and experimentation have developed to new levels, where almost any drink is a possibility. Absolut’s selection of flavoured vodkas range from pear to orient apple, showcasing that anything and everything goes down well on the rocks.


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