Garage Sales and Cocktails

While scheming and plotting our plan of attack for this next weekend’s garage sales, my friend Valerie, of Smile Mercantile, and I decided that we needed to come up with something to quench our thirst and relax us after a long day of garage sale-ing. And by that, obviously we mean cocktails. We went about brain-storming a list of cocktail names that we related to garage sale-ing and then we decided to pull together our brain trust, our cocktail brain trust, and we came up with these four themed cocktails:

We started with the Sign-Spotting Sidecar. Obviously this is our variation of the classic Sidecar cocktail recipe. When you’re out driving around and looking for garage sales, the most important person is the copilot. The copilot’s job is to dart their eyes around quickly, spot garage sale signs and excitedly holler directions to the driver so that the driver can URCH a turn for a garage sale at the last possible moment. We thought that this fruity cocktail captured the rush of the hunt for signs.

The Sign-Spotting Sidecar
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Brandy
1 Lemon Wedge, squeezed
1 Whole Strawberry

Mix liquids together in shaker with ice. Strain into glass. Add one sliced strawberry for garnish.


While we’re on the subject of garage sale signs, we have a quick note to all you garage sale hosts out there: a post-it note sized garage sale sign with unreadable text and a curvy arrow that makes it more confusing than clear, is not the way to attract customers. To make a garage sale sign easier to spot, we’ve always said that signs should include balloons. We will follow a trail of bright balloons for miles to get to your sale, so please place a large and clear sign out on the main road with an attached bright balloon. Cheers to all of you that include balloons in your signage! Everyone, make a Bargain Balloon cocktail and raise your glasses!

The Bargain Balloon
1 oz Peach Schnapps
Dash of Grenadine
1 Maraschino Cherry with Stem

Add Peach Schnapps to glass and fill with your favorite champagne. Add a dash of grenadine for color. Either add one maraschino cherry on a toothpick across the top of the glass (remove toothpick before drinking!) or carefully place the cherry in upside-down. Get it? They look like balloons!

Bargain Balloon 1
Bargain Balloon 2

Being the garage-sale-going, vintage-loving, thrifting-weekly people that we are, we love a good deal. It’s the thrill of the find. It’s the excitement that fills your soul when you find just the right necklace, dress, plant stand or vintage-dodad-that-you-didn’t-know-you-needed. It’s all this that gets us up early every Saturday morning to get to the sales first. Here’s a fizzy drink that captures that excitement of the find perfectly and also happens to be our favorite cocktail creation on this list!

The Dollar Bin Gin Fizz
1 tsp. Powdered Sugar
2 oz. Gin
Ginger Ale
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 Piece of Candied Ginger

Add powdered sugar, gin and lemon to shaker with ice. Shaked and strain into glass. Fill with ginger ale. Add candied ginger for garnish.

Gin 1
Gin 2

It’s 3 o’clock and the day of garage sale-ing is almost over. The sellers are ready to give away their goods and go inside for a cocktail of their own. The buyers are less picky than ever and ready to buy just about any crazy thing they come across. Everything’s a quarter! Throw it all in the car! This moment is the idea behind the Rum Rummage.

The Rum Rummage
1 oz. Some kind of Rum
1 oz. Some other kind of Rum
Pineapple Juice
Garnishes – Rummage around and see what you have – anything goes!

Pour liquids over ice. Add just about anything you want as garnish! We ended up with a sprig of lavender, some mint leaves, a kumquat, a maraschino cherry, a slice of kiwi and a sugar cube to top it all off! It was delicious!

Rum Rummage
Rum Rummage 2

Although all the drinks were great, we all agreed that The Dollar Bin Gin Fizz was the best. We agreed on that so much that we actually had to visit that particular dollar bin again before we called the invention evening quits!

Try these cocktails out and let us know which you liked best!


About CoriLu

I am a graphic designer for advertising and marketing, painter, artist and collector of anything vintage. I am also very passionate about travel, historic preservation, and just about anything sparkly.
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