They say that style is cyclical.

Trends come and go, and now, more than ever, it seems that it’s hard to keep on top of what’s trending in design, fashion, music, décor, and even foodservice. However, in light of the struggle to stay current, we as a society still have a soft spot for the classics.

The ‘tried, tested and true’ philosophy has started to gain respect with generations young and old as trends like farm fresh food, vintage furniture, analogue photography and 50’s hair styles start to come back into style. Look no further than the popular rock band The Arctic Monkeys to see a throwback to 50’s flair.

In the restaurant world, we are echoing these feelings of nostalgia by bringing back Classic Cocktails. These time-tested mixes have earned their reputation and will always be staples in the world of mixology. It’s no surprise then that global demand for these cocktails has been rising in recent years. It just wouldn’t sound the same hearing James Bond order a Cranberry Raddler or a Local Craft Brew would it?

Tony Abou-Ganim, pioneering mixologist, sums up the phenomenon perfectly:

“Look for cocktails to become simplified. I feel like we have really pushed the limits with regard to creativity through the use of obscure, esoteric, and house-made ingredients… There is a reason most drinks that have survived the test of time are made up of three to four ingredients that are readily available at most well-stocked bars.”i

Our suppliers have responded to the demand for classic cocktails as well. Steelite International’s glassware and tools serve as shining examples that embody the style of the era. Their authentic line of diamond cut glassware would make an excellent addition to any bar or restaurant trying to achieve this look:

20.5oz Diamond Cut Mixing Beaker

3.25oz Diamond Cut Hand-blown Beaker

12.25oz Diamond Cut Highball Glass

10.25oz Diamond Cut Old Fashioned Glass

8oz Diamond Cut Martini Glass

Note: All products are special order, sold in case pack only

And as a mixologist, you wouldn’t want to be caught without the proper bar tools for when Bond asks you for that martini:

12″ Bar Spoon

12″ Twisted Bar Spoon

Boston Shaker and Cobbler with Cap

Cherry Wood Muddler


Julep Strainer


Hawthorne Strainer

Note: All products are special order, sold in case pack only

Steelite’s Bar Tools line is made in partnership with Tony Abou-Ganim (the expert quoted above) who helped turn cocktail making into a true art form. These tools are made with a modern streamlined aesthetic and will give any mixologist the resources they need to create a true cocktail masterpiece.

To order anything from either of these lines, or to order from our wide selection of glassware and bar tools in general, don’t hesitate to contact one of our commercial reps. They would be happy to assist you.

Are you getting anxious to incorporate some of these drinks into your own menus but don’t know where to start? Just take a look at these authentic classics; they’ll give you the inspiration you need to get going:

  • Manhattan *
  • Martini (Dirty) *
  • Old Fashioned
  • Gin Ricky
  • Between the Sheets
  • Sidecar
  • Hot Toddy
  • Tom Collins
  • White Russian
  • Gimlet
  • Planters Punch

* Denotes frequently requested according to John “JOD” O’Donnell, a famous Las Vegas Bartender ii

Until next time, cheers… and happy mixing!