1969 was a huge year in American history. Apollo 11 put the first man on the moon, and we experienced Woodstock, the Vietnam War as well as the civil rights movement. The times they were a changing and so were cocktail parties. America’s tastes were shifting and vodka was becoming more popular than gin and the standard dish at every cocktail party was the crowd favorite, French Onion Dip. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the events above, we thought it would be fun to share the recipes below.

The Moonwalk:
Bartender Joe Gilmore invented the original cocktail recipe and was the first drink served toe the Apollo 11 crew when they returned to Earth.

1 part Grapefruit Juice
1 part Orange Curacao
1 dash Rose Water
2 parts Sparkling white wine (or Vodka)

If using sparkling wine, shake all the other ingredients with ice first. Strain into a flute glass and top with sparkling wine. If using vodka, shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Vodka Gimlet:

1 ½ oz. Vodka
¾ oz. Lime juice
3-4 lime slices

Pour vodka and lime juice into mixing glass. Shake and strain into martini glass. Add 3-4 slices of lime.

Shrimp-Filled Mushrooms

1 lb. mushrooms (large caps)
Two – 4 ½ oz. cans shrimp finely chopped
½ cup minced celery (about 2 stalks)
½ lb. very lean pork, finely ground
½ tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1/3 cup cooking (salad) oil*
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1-cup chicken broth

Wash mushrooms and remove stems. Mix shrimp, celery, pork, salt and pepper. Pile mixture generously into mushroom caps. Heat oil, soy sauce, and chicken broth in large heavy skillet over medium heat, or use electric fry pan. Place mushrooms in skillet, filled side up. Cover and cook 30 minutes, until pork is thoroughly done.

*Light tasting vegetable oil


Classic French Onion Dip

1 envelope Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix
16 ounces sour cream

Mix together, chill if desired. If time allows, let sit for 30 minutes to an hour in the fridge before serving.