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Cocktail Collection

Step back in time and indulge in the allure of the cocktail, a timeless symbol of sophistication and indulgence

Background imageCocktail Collection: Edgar Degas: At the Cafe, or The Absinthe Drinker. Oil on canvas, 1873

Edgar Degas: At the Cafe, or The Absinthe Drinker. Oil on canvas, 1873
DEGAS: ABSINTHE, 1873. Edgar Degas: At the Cafe, or The Absinthe Drinker. Oil on canvas, 1873

Background imageCocktail Collection: Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963

Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963
Advertisement for Sobranie Cocktail cigarettes, available in a variety of fancy rainbow colours with gold tips - like all the best parties well bred, well dressed and perfectly packed. Date: 1963

Background imageCocktail Collection: Seagers Gin Advert

Seagers Gin Advert
A red-headed woman in a fetching pink party dress gets into the party spirit by mixing some cocktails with Seagers Gin

Background imageCocktail Collection: Booths Dry Gin advertisement at Gargoyle club

Booths Dry Gin advertisement at Gargoyle club
Advertisement for Booths Dry Gin showing George, the barman mixing some delicious cocktails. The Gargoyle Club on Meard Street was a regular haunt for many artists

Background imageCocktail Collection: Gebrauchsgrafik illustration, 1928

Gebrauchsgrafik illustration, 1928
Highly stylised art deco illustration showing three people (one woman and two men) in evening dress, sitting on what look like cocktail stools

Background imageCocktail Collection: Huntley and Palmers Cocktail biscuit tin lid

Huntley and Palmers Cocktail biscuit tin lid
Biscuit tin lid for Huntley and Palmers cocktail assorted biscuits. Just the thing to have with some...cocktails. Date: c.1935

Background imageCocktail Collection: Twenties flapper girl sitting at a cocktail bar

Twenties flapper girl sitting at a cocktail bar
A flapper girl from the 1920s sitting at a cocktail bar on a high stool. She is slim, wears a slinky dress, and has a cigarette in a holder in her mouth. On the bar is her glass of champagne

Background imageCocktail Collection: Diana Dors in Maurice Elveys My Wifes Lodger (1952)

Diana Dors in Maurice Elveys My Wifes Lodger (1952)
Diana Dors in My Wifes Lodger (1952)

Background imageCocktail Collection: Row of glasses on a bar with barman preparing mojito cocktails, Habana Vieja

Row of glasses on a bar with barman preparing mojito cocktails, Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageCocktail Collection: The Cocktail Girl! By Alfred Leete

The Cocktail Girl! By Alfred Leete
A surreal illustration of a lady made from cocktail paraphernalia, showing her leisurely smoking a cigarette. The illustration is evocative of the 1920s when cocktails

Background imageCocktail Collection: Gordons Gimlet Cocktail advertisement

Gordons Gimlet Cocktail advertisement
Advertisement for pre-mixed Gordons Gimlet Cocktail. A gimlet traditionally includes gin, lime and soda. Date: 1935

Background imageCocktail Collection: Cocktail Girls 1950S 3 / 4

Cocktail Girls 1950S 3 / 4
Two smiling, leggy young models enjoy a drink together at a cocktail bar. A towels is slunged nonchalantly over a bar stool. I hope they don t intend to drink & swim!

Background imageCocktail Collection: Victor Stiebel / Dress

Victor Stiebel / Dress
A fashion design by Victor Stiebel (1907-1976) for a blue paper taffeta cocktail dress. The diaphragm is swathed with darker shaded taffeta, which falls in two flat panels

Background imageCocktail Collection: Sloppy Joes Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951

Sloppy Joes Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951. The world famous Sloppy Joes welcomed tourists for over four decades, and offered over 80 cocktails in addition to the bars own brand of 12 year old rum

Background imageCocktail Collection: Cocktail bar on the Flying Scotsman

Cocktail bar on the Flying Scotsman
The cocktail bar for third class passengers on the Flying Scotsman. Date: 1933

Background imageCocktail Collection: Womans hand holding martini, close-up

Womans hand holding martini, close-up

Background imageCocktail Collection: Negroni Bauhaus Cocktail

Negroni Bauhaus Cocktail
Retrodrome

Background imageCocktail Collection: Mojito Cocktails at La Bodeguita del Medio, La Habana Vieja, Havana, La Habana Province

Mojito Cocktails at La Bodeguita del Medio, La Habana Vieja, Havana, La Habana Province, Cuba

Background imageCocktail Collection: Advert for Gordons Gin 1929

Advert for Gordons Gin 1929
Advertisement for Gordons Gin, as endorsed by S. M. Jolly, bartender at the Ambassadors Club in London. 1929

Background imageCocktail Collection: A scene at a bar in Greenwich Village, after the repeal of Prohibition, 1933

A scene at a bar in Greenwich Village, after the repeal of Prohibition, 1933
PROHIBITION REPEAL, 1933. A scene at a bar in Greenwich Village, after the repeal of Prohibition, 1933

Background imageCocktail Collection: Cocktails by the pool

Cocktails by the pool

Background imageCocktail Collection: Local drinks on table Tlaquepaque, near Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Local drinks on table Tlaquepaque, near Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Background imageCocktail Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20104307

EyeUbiquitous_20104307
Mexico, Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta, Frosted glass of a margarita cocktail served with ice and slice of lime with whole limes at side

Background imageCocktail Collection: The Cocktail King

The Cocktail King
A suave and self-satisfied man in a dinner jacket stands in front of a vast array of bottles on a dresser. Date: 1922

Background imageCocktail Collection: Booths Gin advertisement - the Blue Train restaurant

Booths Gin advertisement - the Blue Train restaurant
Advertisement for Booths gin advertisement featuring John, the cocktail barman of the Blue Train restaurant in Stratton Street, London

Background imageCocktail Collection: In the cocktail bar at Ciros Grill

In the cocktail bar at Ciros Grill
Well-known personalities of the day caricatured by George Whitelaw in the cocktail bar at Ciros Grill, one of the premier nightspots in London in the early part of the 20th century

Background imageCocktail Collection: Champagne tower_1

Champagne tower_1
Pictufy Studio III

Background imageCocktail Collection: Negroni At Sunset

Negroni At Sunset
Bo Anderson

Background imageCocktail Collection: Steve Strange and Julia at The Blitz Club in Covent Garden. 13th February 1980

Steve Strange and Julia at The Blitz Club in Covent Garden. 13th February 1980

Background imageCocktail Collection: Historical Bodeguita del Medio cocktail bar, renowned due many famous patrons

Historical Bodeguita del Medio cocktail bar, renowned due many famous patrons, and for being the birth place of the Mojito cocktail, Old Havana, Havana, Havana Province, Cuba

Background imageCocktail Collection: Elizabeth Ponsonby with cocktail shaker and glasses

Elizabeth Ponsonby with cocktail shaker and glasses
Miss Elizabeth Ponsonby (later the Hon. Mrs Dennis Pelly), one of the Bright Young Things of the 1920s, and daughter of Arthur Ponsonby a senior minister in the Labour government

Background imageCocktail Collection: Asprey non-spill drink sets and trolleys advertisement, 1935

Asprey non-spill drink sets and trolleys advertisement, 1935
Advertisement for a variety of cocktail trays and trolleys from the luxury brand, Asprey, in chrome and glass, all of which have the nifty advantage of never spilling your drinks

Background imageCocktail Collection: Advert for Finnigans, New Bond Street, London, W1

Advert for Finnigans, New Bond Street, London, W1
Black and white advert in the Sketch for Finnigans of New Bond Street, London, featuring their Private Cocktail Bar which was...fitted at Back with shelves and compartments for Glasses, Bottles, etc

Background imageCocktail Collection: A Little Supper Party by Hal Bevan Petman

A Little Supper Party by Hal Bevan Petman
Front cover of The Bystander featuring an illustration of a flirtatious looking flapper girl, enjoying a drink and a cigarette, but, apparently, very little food

Background imageCocktail Collection: Mappin & Webb cocktail set advertisement

Mappin & Webb cocktail set advertisement
Advertisement for cocktail and liqueur sets by Mappin & Webb featuring two men and a woman enjoying drinks around a cocktail cabinet. Date: 1927

Background imageCocktail Collection: Cocktails by Baird

Cocktails by Baird
A wonderful, stylised illustration showing a fashionable flapper girl not only drinking a cocktail but hallucinating about them also

Background imageCocktail Collection: Cocktail fashion, 1958

Cocktail fashion, 1958
A woman wearing a white lace cocktail dress by Bijou, enjoys a cocktail at what is now considered quite a kitsch, Tiki-style bar

Background imageCocktail Collection: Victor Stiebel / Twenties

Victor Stiebel / Twenties
Design by Victor Stiebel (1907-1976) for an elegant evening or cocktail dress in royal blue with embellished assymetric hem and drop-waist. Shoes & jewellery match dress

Background imageCocktail Collection: Molotov Cocktail Factory

Molotov Cocktail Factory
Factory for the manufacture of the Molotov cocktail, a uniquely Russian disintegrating bomb

Background imageCocktail Collection: Paris Ladies Cocktails

Paris Ladies Cocktails
Two fashionable ladies sit at a bar in Paris, sipping cocktails and chatting to the barman

Background imageCocktail Collection: A Martini Glass

A Martini Glass

Background imageCocktail Collection: Cocktail Girls 1929

Cocktail Girls 1929
A trio of attractive young bar girls rustle up cocktails in shakers, wearing what may fairly be described as revealing outfits; its all good for business

Background imageCocktail Collection: Shelburne Hostesses

Shelburne Hostesses
The famous Shelburne Hostesses from the Shelburne Lounge, cocktail bar, Lexington Avenue, New York

Background imageCocktail Collection: Dogs Club Cocktail Bar

Dogs Club Cocktail Bar
The Dogs Club Cocktail Bar, where privileged dog owners can enjoy drinks with both their human and canine friends

Background imageCocktail Collection: Traditional products and drinks on sale at a beach kiosk, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda, Caribbean

Traditional products and drinks on sale at a beach kiosk, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda, Caribbean, West Indies

Background imageCocktail Collection: Brazil, City of Rio de Janeiro, Urca, Caipirinha on the Praia Vermelha with the Sugarloaf

Brazil, City of Rio de Janeiro, Urca, Caipirinha on the Praia Vermelha with the Sugarloaf Mountain in the background

Background imageCocktail Collection: Aperol Spritz Dark Edition

Aperol Spritz Dark Edition
Andreas Magnusson

Background imageCocktail Collection: Glitter Pink Margarita

Glitter Pink Margarita
Vertigo Artography



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Step back in time and indulge in the allure of the cocktail, a timeless symbol of sophistication and indulgence. From Edgar Degas' captivating painting "At the Cafe, or The Absinthe Drinker, " to Sobranie cigarettes' alluring 1963 advertisement, these glimpses into history transport us to an era where cocktails reigned supreme. Imagine yourself seated at a glamorous bar in the roaring twenties, surrounded by flapper girls exuding confidence and charm. As you sip on your favorite concoction from a Huntley and Palmers Cocktail biscuit tin lid-turned-glass, you can't help but feel like part of a secret society that embraces pleasure without inhibition. The mystique deepens as you encounter Booths Dry Gin's seductive advertisement at the Gargoyle club. The illustration by Gebrauchsgrafik in 1928 captures the essence of this hidden world, where gin flows freely amidst dimly lit corners and whispered conversations. Transporting ourselves further through time, we find Diana Dors enchanting audiences with her beauty in Maurice Elveys' film "My Wife's Lodger" from 1952. Her presence evokes images of elegant parties filled with laughter and clinking glasses. In Havana Vieja, row upon row of glasses glisten on a bar as a skilled bartender prepares mojito cocktails with precision. This scene embodies both tradition and innovation—a testament to how cocktails have evolved over time while retaining their timeless appeal. Gordon's Gimlet Cocktail advertisement beckons us closer with its promise of refreshment—an invitation to escape reality for just one moment. And who could resist Alfred Leete's whimsical artwork titled "The Cocktail Girl. "? It encapsulates the spirit of fun and adventure that accompanies every sip taken from those enticing glasses.