The 1980s saw a lot of changes in the liquor industry. In addition to traditional spirits, moonshine and wine were becoming more popular in America. The 1980s also saw a rise in popularity of flavored liquors, including flavored vodkas, rum drinks, and tequila shots.
In the 1980s, there were several different types of flavored liquors available. Many Americans in the 1980s loved to party and drink liquor, so when the liquor industry began to produce more flavored liquors, it was a huge hit.
Some popular flavored liquors and cocktails during the 1980s include:
Zinfandel is a type of wine that became very popular during the 1980s, particularly among older people. The wine has a sweet taste with earthy notes as well.
So it shouldn’t surprise that liquors that are colored in a nice pink and taste fairly sweet became very popular during the 1980s. Not to mention the fact that a Zinfandel goes down the throat pretty smoothly, which was great for those who didn’t want something too strong. Some people believed that, like red wine, a Zinfandel had some health benefits, though this is not scientifically backed. In addition, it was actually created by accident!
Alabama Slammer is a drink that was very popular among college students and served in various bars across the country. The recipe came from the University of Alabama, so it was called “Alabama Slammer.” It was first created sometime in the late 60s or early 70s, but it really flourished in the 80s.
The people of the 80s adored those strong mixed drinks that were very sweet. So this drink became the poster child of the popularity of alcohol of the 1980s. It is a heavy combination of booze and sugar. You need to make it by mixing Amaretto, orange juice, gin, and sometimes Southern Comfort.
Named after the beloved band of the same name who churned out hits such as “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster”, the B-52 was a popular club drink in the 1980s. It is another shot that is very sweet in flavor and has multiple layers, much like the Slippery Nipple. The result was the combination of Kahlua coffee liqueur, orange-flavored triple sec, and Bailey’s Irish cream. It became famous, and stayed famous until the 1980s.
Shots were very famous in the 1980s, though the B-52 was quite hard for bartenders to make in bulk due to the clean layers that make them up. Still, many people loved them.
Slippery Nipples are one the best and most popular shots that were invented in the 1980s. They began to gain popularity in the late 1970s, but really took off during the 1980s, in no small part due to its strange name.
The 1980s were definitely the era when people started drinking a lot of mixed drinks and shots. Of those two types of drinks, the Slippery Nipple would be a strong contender. The drink was first invented in Queens, and later spread to everywhere else. It is made from Sambuca, a liquor made from anise seeds and often topped with a hint of espresso. It is then served with Bailey’s Irish cream.