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80s Popular Drinks

by Kathy

In the 80s, there were many popular drinks made for the youth and the adults. Alcoholic drinks, soda and juices were the most popular drinks during that decade. There were some new recipes that came up and some old drinks got changed with a new name. If you grew up during that period, you will know about them for sure. They brought up a lot of memories for many people from all over the world as well as from America itself

Here are some of the drink mixes that were popular in the 80s:

Blue Lagoon

The drink is based on the romantic drama Blue Lagoon, in which young actors Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins play lovers stranded on an idyllic Fiji island. The cocktail mixes together vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade, turning into a refreshing drink that you can dig into.

To make this recipe, shake first and then strain out the liquid. That is the preferred method for making the drink. However, some people prefer to mix the ingredients with crushed ice in order to create a cocktail that is frozen.

Long Island Iced Tea

Allegedly, the Long Island iced tea was first crafted by a bartender under the name of “Rosebud” Butt in 1972. It is a mighty drink containing vodka, rum, tequila, and gin. Butt also added some triple sec and a splash of cola to his drink.

Despite the amount of alcoholic content, this particular cocktail goes down surprisingly smoothly. Mix a jug of it for a quick thirst-quencher during a hot day out.


The B-52 is a popular shot that is made of three liqueurs: Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, and Coffee Liquor. It is believed that the drink originated in the 1970s, and that it was made by a bartender who was a fan of the B-52 band

Some shots are shaken with ice and strained, but some choose to put each element into the shot glass directly. As there is no ice, many bartenders keep the drinks refrigerated so that they can be served cold. Because of its small size, it’s the perfect drink to quickly liven up a party.

Tequila Sunrise and Tequila Sunset

Among the tequila cocktails that were popular during the 1980s, the most popular were the Tequila Sunrise and the Tequila Sunset. Those two cocktails are very similar.

Tequila Sunrise is very easy to make. To make this drink, mix tequila, orange juice, and grenadine together. You can add orange slices or cherries for garnishing. Simply ice your glass, and add the juice from oranges and tequila to your glass. Pour some grenadine into the drink slowly, so that it sinks to the bottom of the drink. This creates that interesting blend of colors that mimic the sunrise.

Tequila Sunset is concocted in a similar way. This alternative version was likely invented for those who still want the cool, layered effect in their drink, but without all the sweetness that is added by the grenadine. It is done by mixing the tequila with orange juice, soda water, and red food coloring. Mix red food coloring with water to tint it and create a bright red color.

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