Gin Swizzle and Lively Dip

Yesterday I talked about the movie Born Yesterday and today I am sharing what I made to snack on while watching it. For the cocktail, I made a Gin Swizzle. It sounded like something Billie Dawn would like to drink. Also she used to be a show girl so some reason the word swizzle seemed perfect. Like last month, this cocktail was from the 1953 A Guide to Pink Elephants. If you would like to make it as well all you need is juice from one lime, 1 teaspoon of confectioner’s sugar, 2 oz club soda, 2oz of dry gin and 2 dashes of bitters. You place the lime juice, sugar and club soda is a 12 oz Tom Collins glass in which you fill with ice and stir well. Then you add the gin and bitters. After that you fill the glass with club soda and serve it with a swizzle stick. Now you may notice the lack of pictures of the cocktail and the reason is simple. I forgot to take them. Then today when I tried to recreate it I realized I am out of the club soda and limes. So sometime later I will update the post with some pictures!


The 1950s was all about the dips so I happy when I happened to stumble upon a 1956 Fritos Recipe Book full of dip recipes that was a promotional booklet free gift with purchase. This dip is called “Lively Dip” and it is a quick dip to make with easy to find ingredients. I would recommend using a creamy blue cheese instead of the precrumbled. It makes it much easy to get the cream cheese and blue cheese to work in prefect dip harmony. The end result is creamy, tangy with a little bit of crunch from the chips and pecans.


Look how different Fritos looked in the 1950s versus what they look like now! I love finding old ads and comparing how the product has changed. Anyone else like me? I’m sure I am not alone in this.


Lively Dip

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A blue cheese and pecan dip adapted from the 1956 Fritos promotional booklet. Inside this dip is called lively dip which I think is the perfect name for it!

adapted from: Fritos Party Dip Recipe Book (1956)


  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces of blue cheese
  • 5 tablespoons milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • chips, crackers or pretzels


  1. Mix the cream cheese with the blue cheese and milk until relatively smooth.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Chill for at least an hour to allow the flavors to blend together.
  4. Take out of fridge 20 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve with chips, crackers or pretzels.


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