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How to Host a Mid-Century-Style Astrology Party That’s Out of This World

This month, VinePair is exploring how drinks professionals are taking up outdated tendencies with trendy improvements. In Outdated Abilities, New Methods, we look at up to date approaches to basic cocktails and intelligent methods behind the bar — plus convention-breaking practices in wine, beer, whiskey, and extra.

Astrology has served as a subject of dialog lengthy earlier than the Costar App or another digital horoscope studying. In the course of the Sixties and early ‘70s, the zodiac even impressed social gatherings within the type of cocktail events and blissful hours.

For the white, middle-class People who moved to America’s flourishing suburbs throughout these many years, disposable earnings and personal house lent themselves to new alternatives for leisure.

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Such is clear within the 1971 classic “Glad Hour Mixology” catalog, which provided readers an thrilling tackle the cocktail occasion, utilizing astrology to encourage drinks and dialogue. Attendees might find out about their ingredient indicators (hearth, earth, air, and water), ruling planets, and fortunate numbers whereas ingesting their favourite cocktails.

The Glad Hour Mixology Catalog

“When blissful hour speak turns to astrology, this information’s temporary abstract will spark your dialog … and assist you recognize what fanatics are speaking about,” an introduction to the catalog reads. “In reality, it’s going to assist you’ve got the best blissful hour occasion ever.”

Very like any astrology information at this time, the catalog permits readers to find their zodiacs, ruling planets, and ingredient indicators. Utilizing these “completely different potential traits,” “Glad Hour Mixology” affords hosts the proper drinks to concoct for company, based mostly solely on their zodiac indicators.

So whereas a Honolulu Cooler (made with Southern Consolation, lime juice, and pineapple juice) is likely to be “poured for Pisces,” a Margarita needs to be “combined for Most cancers’s moon-children.” The catalog affords easy recipes for traditional drinks just like the Dry Martini (“Terrific for Tauruses”) to the Grasshopper, a signature cocktail from the period.

The Sixties have been also known as the “Age of Aquarius,” a time period used to outline the beginning of a brand new cultural period. As such, Consolation on the Rocks, which requires Southern Consolation poured over cracked ice, is devoted to the “signal and age of Aquarius.”

For every cocktail listed, an alternate recipe is supplied that makes use of Southern Consolation (a whiskey that’s not fairly a whiskey and extra like a liqueur with a sophisticated historical past), whose mother or father model, Southern Consolation Corp., additionally owned the catalog. “Strive [Southern Comfort] in your favourite drink,” the catalog states. “Like Manhattan? Make each recipes proven at proper. Evaluate them. One sip will persuade you!”

Southern Comfort used in recipes for Happy Hour Mixology Catalog.

To tie the astrology occasion all collectively, Southern Consolation ends the catalog with a particular provide on Steamboat Glassware with costs starting from 75 cents to $3.95. However “Glad Hour Mixology” didn’t simply promote its readers glassware or liqueur; it bought an expertise that’s “out of this world.”

Hoping to plan a ‘70s-inspired astrology occasion of your individual? Strive mixing up these celestial concoctions to your company.

“Heavenly Drinks for a Glad Hour Below Any Zodiac Signal”

A Bloody Mary “Purple and Proper for Aries”

Elements: 2 “jiggers” tomato juice, 1½ ounces vodka, ¼ ounce contemporary lemon juice, sprint of Worcestershire sauce

A Dry Martini “Terrific for Tauruses”

Elements: 4 components gin or vodka, 1 half dry vermouth

The Gimlet that’s a “Good Gem for Gemini”

Elements: 4 components gin or vodka, 1 half Rose’s sweetened lime juice

A Margarita “Blended for Most cancers’s Moon-Kids”

Elements: 1½ ounce tequila, ½ ounce triple sec, 1 ounce contemporary lemon or lime juice

A Tom Collins “Lionized by Leos and Solar-Lovers”

Elements: 1½ ounces Southern Consolation, ¼ ounce lime juice, 7Up

A Chilly Toddy “Valued by Virgos”

Elements: ¼ teaspoon sugar, 1 ounce water, 2 ounces Scotch or bourbon

A Lemon Cooler “Fortunate for Libras”

Elements: 1½ ounces Southern Consolation, Schweppes Bitter Lemon

The Stinger is a “Salute to Scorpio”

Elements: 1½ ounces brandy, ½ ounce white crème de menthe

The Rob Roy “On Goal for Sagittarians”

Elements: 1½ ounces Scotch, ¼ ounce candy vermouth, sprint Angostura bitters

The Daiquiri is a “Tropical Cheer for Capricorn”

Elements: ½ ounce lime juice, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1½ ounces mild rum

Consolation on the Rocks “For the Signal and Age of Aquarius”

Elements: 1½ ounces Southern Consolation, ice

A Honolulu Cooler “Poured for Pisces”

Elements: 1½ ounces Southern Consolation, ¼ lime juice, Hawaiian pineapple juice

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