Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Celebrity Cocktails - Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin

Marlene Dietrich is one of the most the iconic actresses of all time and her career took off in 1929 when she landed the breakthrough role of Lola-Lola in the film The Blue Angel where she sang her signature song, Falling In Love Again. Ernest Hemingway thought that "if she had nothing more than her voice, she could break your heart with it.”

Dietrich was famous for her looks and at the age of 66 in South Africa a male admirer commented "This woman is just like wine, the older, the better!" Apparently Marlene Dietrich used to suck on lemons to keep her facial muscles taut and the cocktail named after her is topped with a wedge of both lemon and orange.

The Marlene Dietrich

3 parts Canadian whisky
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 dashes of Curaçao

Shake with ice cubes and serve on the rocks with a wedge of both lemon and orange.

Josef Sternberg, who "discovered" Marlene, worked with Charlie Chaplin on a film funded by Chaplin for his protégé, Edna Purviance. Though the film was completed, Chaplin never released it. Charlie Chaplin was famous for his tipsy antics in his films One AM (1916) and Pay Day (1922) and he had developed his comedy-drunk act while paying his dues in Britain's music halls. Indeed, he was performing it with Fred Karno's Company on his second tour of the United States when he was spotted by a scout for Mack Sennett's Keystone studio. So, it's rather fitting that he should become the first film star to have a cocktail named after him.

The recipe was invented at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Vigorous shaking is recommended as the liquid is rather thick.

The Charlie Chaplin

1 part Apricot Brandy
1 part Sloe Gin
1 part fresh Lime juice


Anonymous said...

Marlene Dietrich's husband was Rudolph Sieber.

Sue said...

oops - you are quite right, thanks for pointing it out! I have amended the post!