Drinks From The 70s And 80s That Make Us Nostalgic

Move over Prosecco, we’re all about Lambrusco now! With recent news that Prosecco is falling out of favour for the retro Italian sparkling wine, Lambrusco, we got reminiscing about other retro drinks that graced our dinner tables in the 70s and 80s. Think creamy white Russians, the sparkling notes of Cold Duck wine and super sweet snowball cocktails. We’ve rounded up the most memorable drinks from the 70s and 80s that’ll throw you back to a different time.

Come and take a walk down memory lane with our little throwback to some of these memorable drinks…


Everyone seemed to have a bottle of this rich, creamy Dutch drink at home that would get dusted off at Christmas! Mix it in with lemonade and some lime juice fto make the retro Snowball cocktail.

Cold Duck

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This sweet, red wine has a bit of a fizzy edge to it, and we couldn’t get enough of it in the 70s. It was so widely consumed that other wine producers tried to recreate the magic with their own brands, like Baby Duck, Canada Duck and Love-A-Duck… 

Harvey Wallbanger

Sometimes simple is best, and what’s more simple than a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail? Vodka is added to orange juice and topped with a Galliano float for a drink that’s withstood the test of time and can be bought, pre-mixed in tins, from some supermarkets these days.


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‘The happiest drink in the world’; this light, sparkling perry gained popularity in the 70s – perhaps because it was the first ever alcoholic beverage to be advertised on British commercial television. Known as ‘the original party drink’, you couldn’t go to a soiree without seeing a bottle (or two, three, four…) floating around!


Having fallen out of favour for other types of fizz, namely Champagne and Prosecco, Lambrusco is now making a comeback! More recent vintages have produced a yield that’s less sweet and has a higher alcohol content, which has seen it start to creep back into fashion.

Blue Nun


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The height of sophistication in the 70s and 80s, who remembers taking
round a bottle of Blue Nun to a dinner party? Advertised as a wine that
could be consumed throughout the entire meal, Blue Nun took the
pressure off thinking about wine pairings.

White Russian

This rich, creamy drink made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream is served over ice in an Old Fashioned glass and was all the rage in the 70s. Palates have slightly changed since then, and we now tend to opt for lighter cocktails, but you can still find a White Russian on many cocktail menus.


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These sweet, soluble drinks sachets reached peak popularity in the 70s after news broke that it had been used by NASA in early manned space flights. Packed full of sugar, these fruity drinks were adored by kids and grown-ups alike.


This Italian vermouth was a favourite to kick back and unwind with. Served over ice with some soda water, or even lemonade and a slice of fresh lemon, it made a fab spritzer you could enjoy any time of year!


This alcoholic liqueur has withstood the test of time and is still widely available and enjoyed today. It was a hugely popular apéritif in the 70s and 80s, served over ice. It has a distinct taste of herbs and fruit and can also be served with soda water or citrus juice.Save

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