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Top 10 celebrities immortalised by cocktails

They say you’ve never really made it in Hollywood until you’re given a star on the Walk of Fame, launched a ship perhaps, or had a bartender name a cocktail in your honour.

Charlie Chaplin is just one celebrity immortalised through the cocktail

Many a star of the silver screen, radio and even world of art and literature have been immortalised in history by the bartenders who adored them, or appreciated their frequent custom.

Even some 500 years after the height of their fame, some legends are still being remembered through libations that have in themselves become classics, recreated by both the trade and consumers the world over.

Others meanwhile are remebered through cocktail creations of their own imagination, cementing their own future in the drinks hall of fame.

While hoards of the rich and famous are honoured through drinks, these are our top 10 celebrity-inspired cocktails.

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Jean Harlow


A simple sweet rum Martini which takes its name from the platinum blonde actress who graced the big screen in the 1930s. In just 10years, Jean Harlow starred in more than 30 films with some of Hollywood’s most famous leading men.

60ml White rum
60ml Sweet vermouth
Lemon peel

Add the rum and vermouth to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Bill Murray


Named The Murricane by Dan Aykroyd, due to his Ghostbusters co-star’s intense mood swings, Bill Murray reportedly had this cocktail made especially for him at The Anchor in New York when he wandered in searching for a drink.

40ml Bourbon
20ml fresh lemon juice
20ml St-Germain elderflower liqueur
60g Fresh watermelon
4 or 5 basil leaves
Freshly ground black pepper and watermelon wedge to garnish

Muddle the watermelon and basil leaves in a mixing glass until juicy. Add the Bourbon, lemon juice,  St-Germain and ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with black pepper and a wedge of watermelon.

Giovanni Bellini


Sparkling classic, the Bellini, is named after Giovanni Bellini, an Italian Renaissance painter. Hundreds of years after he died, Giuseppe Cipriani of Harry’s Bar in Venice, invented a cocktail which had a soft pink colour that reminded him of a painting by the artist, and the Bellini was born. Apparently, the Cipriani Group currently sells around 4,000 Bellinis per day across its many global restaurants and bars.
30ml Peach puree
90ml Prosecco
Add the peach puree to a Champagne flute and top with Prosecco. Stir gently and serve.

Shirley Temple


The Shirley Temple is believed to have been invented in the 1930s by a bartender at Chasen’s in California, to serve to a young Shirley Temple – who, it turns out, was not a fan of the drink at all, calling it “too sweet”. It is nowadays often served to children in the place of alcoholic cocktails.
85ml Lemon-lime soda
85ml Ginger ale
1 Dash grenadine
Maraschino cherry to garnish
Pour lemon-lime soda and ginger ale into a glass with ice cubes. Add a dash of grenadine, stir, and top it off with a cherry.

Charlie Chaplin


Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, the Charlie Chaplin was one of the premier drinks of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel prior to 1920, and is named after the English slapstick comic of the silent film era.
30ml Apricot brandy
30ml Sloe gin
30ml Lemon juice
Shake all ingredients and fine strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Ginger Rogers


Named after Fred Astaire’s favourite dancing partner – it was once said that Rogers did “everything that Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in heels“.
40ml Gin
20ml Fresh lemon juice
55ml Chilled ginger ale
20ml Ginger-pepper syrup
6-8 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for the garnish
Muddle the mint leaves with the ginger-pepper Syrup. Add crushed ice, then add the gin and lemon juice. Spin a swizzle stick or bar spoon between your hands to mix the drink. Stir in the ginger ale, top with more crushed ice and garnish with the mint sprig.

David Bowie


Famous English musician, record producer and actor, David Bowie, created this eponymous drink when he was trying out his skills as a mixologist sometime before he became teetotal.
70ml Chocolate Liqueur
15ml Bourbon
Orange wedge

Mix the chocolate liqueur and Bourbon, stir well. Put ice in a glass and pour the drink. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Mel Gibson


Created at The Oak Room in New York in 2010, after Gibson’s alleged telephone arguments with then girlfriend Oksana Grigorievas, the controversially-named Bi-Polar Cocktail features a shot of Van Gogh Vodka in reference to the artist who suffered from bi-polar disorder.
30ml Gin
30ml Vodka
30ml Tequila
30ml Malibu coconut rum
40ml Sweet and sour mix
1 splash Coca-Cola
1 splash Manischewitz red wine
Mix ingredients together over ice and shake. Pour into long glass over ice.

Queen Mary I


Hailed as a hangover cure, it’s believed the Bloody Mary is named after the ruthless Queen Mary I of England. The tomato juice reportedly represents the blood spilled from the wave of Protestants she had executed, while the vodka is supposedly symbolic of the queen’s brutal means of executing martyrs.

55ml Vodka
110ml Tomato juice
15ml Lemon Juice
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
2tsp prepared horseradish
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch celery salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch smoked paprika
1 lemon wedge to garnish
Add all ingredients to a mixing tin with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a lemon wedge and stick of celery.

Ernest Hemingway


The Hemingway, also called Death in the Afternoon, is a cocktail made of absinthe and Champagne invented by legendary writer and cocktail enthusiast Ernest Hemingway.
40ml Absinthe
110ml Brut Champagne
Pour absinthe into a Champagne flute and slowly add chilled Brut Champagne until it clouds up.

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