Here are some cocktail recipes for drinks named after silent film stars - or drinks featured in a selection of classic films from Hollywood's golden age.

"I exercise extreme self-control. I never drink anything stronger than Gin before breakfast." - W.C. Fields

  • Charlie Chaplin from Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide

    1 oz. Sloe Gin
    1 oz. Apricot-Flavored Brandy
    1 oz. Lemon Juice

    Shake with ice and strain into old-fashioned glass over ice cubes.


  • Mary Pickford Cocktail from "Classic Cocktails of the Prohibition Era" by Philip Collins

    1 oz. Light Rum
    1 oz. Pineapple Juice
    1/4 tsp. Grenadine
    1/4 tsp. Maraschino Liqueur

    Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.


  • Champagne Cocktail from Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide
    - - - Popular cocktail of the 1930's. Robert Taylor drinks one in Personal Property (1937)

    1 lump Sugar
    2 dashes Bitters
    Chilled Champagne

    Place sugar in chilled champagne flute, add bitters, and fill with champagne. Add a twist of lemon peel. Yum!


  • Gin Rickey from Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide
    - - - Robert Taylor drinks one in His Brother's Wife (1936)

    Juice of 1/2 Lime
    1 1/2 oz. Gin

    Pour ingredients into highball glass over ice cubes and fill with carbonated water. Stir. Add a wedge of lime.


  • Paradise Cocktail from Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide
    - - - Kay Francis and William Powell's drink in One Way Passage (1932)

    1 oz. Apricot-Flavored Brandy
    3/4 oz. Gin
    Juice of 1/4 Orange

    Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Yum yum!


  • Sherry Flip from Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide
    - - - Joan Crawford's drink of choice in Chained (1934)

    1 Whole Egg
    1 tsp. Powered Sugar
    1 1/2 oz. Cream Sherry
    2 tsp. Light Cream (if desired)

    Shake with ice and strain into sour glass. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top.


  • Sherry Cobbler from Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide
    - - - Shemp Howard tries to slip someone a mickey in one of these in San Antonio Rose (1941)

    1 tsp. Powdered Sugar
    2 oz. Carbonated Water
    2 oz. Sweet Sherry

    In a red-wine glass, dissolve powdered sugar in carbonated water. Fill glass with ice and add sherry. Stir and decorate with fruits in season. Serve with straws.


"I wish I could drink like a lady,
I can take one or two at the most,
Three and I'm under the table,
Four and I'm under the host." - Dorothy Parker




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