Thursday, 15 January 2009

Celebrity Cocktails – Greta Garbo and Ginger Rogers

Although Greta Garbo was considered one of the most glamorous movie stars of the 1920s and 1930s she was also famous for shunning publicity, which became part of her mystique. Despite this she never gave up her glamorous lifestyle and kept smoking and drinking cocktails until the end. Her first line in the the talkies was “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.” Her famous byline, "I want to be alone," is quoted as coming from her role in Grand Hotel. She never married and left her fiancé, John Gilbert, standing at the altar in 1927 when she got cold feet about her wedding.

The Greta Garbo

1 part Brandy
1 part Dry Vermouth
1 part Orange juice
¼ part Grenadine
dash of Crème de Menthe

Unlike her famous dancing partner, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers has a cocktail named after her. Rogers came from Welsh ancestry on her mother's side and Scottish ancestry on her fathers – maybe that's where she got got her famous red hair from. She had a film career spanning 50 years and made a total of 73 films. Apparently Ginger was a little testy about comparisons with her famous partner and liked the cartoon caption that quipped that she “did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels”.

The Ginger Rogers

1 part dry Gin
1 part dry Vermouth
1 part Apricot Brandy
4 dashes of Lemon juice

Mix the ingredients well with ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

No comments: