Transport your guests to another era with these seven classic retro cocktails.

"I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth. I like the neat bottles on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation. I like to watch the man mix the first one of the evening and put it down on a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it. I like to taste it slowly. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar—that's wonderful."

―Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Before your guests arrive, there's nothing quite like sipping a quiet cocktail. We have a few throwback suggestions that are as classic as Chandler's admiring prose.

 The 1910s

The Charlie Chaplin was a popular cocktail named after the silent slapstick Tramp and served at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. It's a warming winter drink based on sloe gin — the red liqueur made of plum-like blackthorn fruit steeped in gin. Should you have access to the shrub by all means make your own but Canadian liquor stores have started to import retro sloe gins like Hayman's ($34.99 at BC Liquor Stores).

How to: Equal parts apricot brandy, lime juice and sloe gin.

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