These classic 1920s cocktails transport you back in time! Most of these tasty Prohibition Era drinks are still popular today.

1920s cocktails

From the Martini to the Old Fashioned, many of the popular cocktails we drink today were just as en vogue…one hundred years ago. Yes, the most classic of cocktails have stood the test of time! Here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve made over 200+ cocktails. The ones that stand out are almost always the ones with a rich history and a back story.

Here are all the best classic 1920s cocktails that have stood the test of time! These are all drinks that were popular in the 1920s: many of them were invented years before Prohibition Era. They span quite a range: from simple sours to boozy classics. Let’s get mixing!

And now…the best 1920s cocktails to try today!

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Tom Collins

Top 1920s Cocktails: Tom Collins & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s a classic Tom Collins, that popular gin cocktail that’s light and bubbly! Here’s how to make this refreshing drink: and don’t forget the cherry.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) dry gin
  • 3/4 to 1 ounce (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons) simple syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • ½ cup soda water
  • Ice (try our clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: maraschino cherry, lemon wheel


  1. Add the gin, syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes. Shake well until chilled.
  2. Strain the liquid into an ice filled glass, and top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and cocktail cherry.
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: 1920s cocktails

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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