10 Cocktails Named After Famous People


If you want to add a little celebrity pizazz to your tipple, try one of these 10 cocktails named after famous people.

1. The John Daly

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You’ve probably seen this golf joke before, but it still makes us chuckle. A John Daly is an Arnold Palmer (sweet tea and lemonade) with a shot of vodka added to live up to Daly’s party-animal reputation.

2. The Mary Pickford

The silent film star was known as “Little Mary,” but this drink can pack a big punch if you knock back a few. It’s light rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, and maraschino cherry juice shaken with ice and served in a cocktail glass.

3. The Jean Harlow

Hollywood’s original platinum blonde charmed audiences, and a few of these tipples will make anyone feel more charming. A Jean Harlow consists of light rum shaken with sweet vermouth and served with a lemon peel garnish.

4. The David Bowie

Portland microdistillery New Deal named this drink after Ziggy Stardust. It’s five parts chocolate liqueur and one part bourbon, stirred together on the rocks and garnished with an orange wedge.

5. Rimbaud’s Left Hand

Stephen Cole of Chicago’s awesome Violet Hour concocted this drink to honor French poet Arthur Rimbaud, who was shot in the hand by his lover, Paul Verlaine. The drink includes Pernod absinthe, Benedictine, Aperol orange liqueur, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and egg white, and rosewater.

6. Will Rogers

The screen cowboy had a quick wit, and while we’d watch his vaudeville act, we’re not sure we’d want to down his drink. A Will Rogers cocktail includes gin, dry vermouth, orange juice, and a few dashes of curacao.

7. Beau Brummel

Brummel may have been the arbiter of men’s fashion in 19th century London, but that doesn’t mean we’d trust him to make us a drink. This one is bourbon, Prunella (a plum-flavored liqueur), orange juice, and sugar shaken with ice and served in a cocktail glass.

8. The Douglas Fairbanks

Another early movie star, Fairbanks was known as “the King of Hollywood,” and his name is now on a modified martini. It includes Plymouth gin, French vermouth, and both orange and lemon peel.

9. The Joan Collins

The Dynasty star’s name also refers to a concoction of vodka, grapefruit juice, sugar, and club soda all served in a Collins glass, of course.

10. The Eliot Spritzer

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer may have left the governor’s mansion in disgrace, but at least he got a drink named after him at New York’s Hill Country restaurant. It’s pinot grigio, Chambord, a Serrano pepper, soda water, and a twist of lime.