Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Celebrity Cocktails – Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks

Given the interest in celebrities and their favourite tipples I thought it would be fun to see who had had cocktails named after them. Movie stars have helped to immortalize the cocktail, both on and off the screen. The first words Greta Garbo uttered on screen were “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.”

Asked about how she was mixed up in a delicate situation, Mae West replied, “Like an olive in a dry Martini.”

These celebrities all have cocktails named after them. The Mary Pickford, named for the early motion picture icon, is one of the earliest. It was so popular in its time that Douglas Fairbanks, who later married Pickford, asked a bartender in Cuba to name a cocktail after him. The bartender did. They were Hollywood's first celebrity marriage in the 1920s with the public going wild over the idea of “Everybody's Hero” marrying “America's Sweetheart” and were greeted by crowds of up to 300,000 people in London and Paris during their European honeymoon.

The Mary Pickford

1 part light Rum
1 part unsweetened Pineapple juice
¼ tsp Grenadine
¼ tsp Maraschino liqueur
Maraschino cherry

Shake the rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, and maraschino liqueur with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

The Douglas Fairbanks

2 parts Plymouth Gin
1 part dry Vermouth

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled glass. A little orange peel adds dash to the finished product.

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