Drinking in the 1950s

Hey, Amy. Awake yet?

Okay, I see I have your attention. And now you have mine. What in heaven's name were you doing last night in 1950-something?

Ah, you went out with the girls from the diner where you work.

They handed you a Whiskey Sour cocktail and you grossed them out by spitting it up?


We need to talk.


Between 1950 and 1960, the consumption of alcohol will rise dramatically, and you, Amy, are right in the middle of this era.

Cocktails are incredibly popular: Martinis, Manhattans, Gimlet, Old Fashioned, Tom Collins, Mint Julep, Sidecar ... the list goes on.

Popular with the middle class, cocktails are served in specific glasses according to each specific drink.

And, the truth is, as sweet as they look, many are potent.

You may have noticed in the media that drinking  alcohol has been idealized, glamorized and romanticized.


But, in the mid-1950s, The American Hospital Association is coming out with policy statements regarding the problem of alcoholism, and naming it as a disease.

This disease is affecting the stability of many families and the health of many people. 

And the truth is, just because your friends are drinking doesn't mean you have to.

Besides, there's lots of non-alcoholic beverages for you to choose from in 1950-something. 

Oh yeah, you work in a diner. Of course you know that. 

What's that? Why is smoking a thing everywhere you go?

Including in the diner?


Now, there's a topic for another time. 

You can still fill me in on the greaser guy you met though.

Amy? You still there?