Drinks Named For People

28 May 2024

We are all familiar with an Arnold Palmer or a Shirley Temple, but were you aware of these? Here are some alcoholic beverages that were named for real folks.

Charlie Chaplin

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, KBE, (April 16, 1889 to December 25, 1977) British born actor, filmmaker, and composer in the silent era and beyond, most famous for his role as The Tramp.


  • 1 ounce sloe gin
  • 1 ounce apricot liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Mary Pickford

Born Gladys Louise Smith but professionally known as Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 to May 29, 1979) popular in silent films and called America’s Sweetheart. Together with her famous husband, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., she was a pioneer in the film industry, as one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and co-founder of United Artists.


  • 1 ½ ounces white rum
  • 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 6 drops maraschino liqueur


  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

John Daly

John “Long John” Daly (born April 28, 1966) is a professional golfer and he turned the Arnold Palmer into a more spirited version.


  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 2 ounces iced tea
  • Lemon slice, for garnish


  • Place the vodka, lemonade, and iced tea in a highball glass with ice and stir briefly.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel or slice.

Ginger Rogers

Born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri, Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 to April 25, 1995) was an actress, dancer, and singer. She was most prominently known for her musical films with Fred Astaire and her only Academy Award for best actress in Kitty Foyle.


  • 8 to 10 mint leaves
  • ¾ ounce ginger syrup
  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces ginger ale, chilled
  • mint sprigs for garnish


  • Place mint leaves and ginger syrup in a Collins glass and muddle gently.
  • Add gin, lemon juice, and ice.
  • Top off with ginger ale and stir gently.
  • Garnish with mint sprigs

mixed drinks

Joan Collins

Dame Joan Henrietta Collins (born May 23, 1933) is a British actress and author. She is most well known for her role as Alexis Colby on the prime time soap opera Dynasty.


  • ½ lime, sliced
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • sparkling mineral water
  • ¾ ounce honey-hibiscus syrup
    • ½ cup honey
    • ½ cup water
    • 1 hibiscus tea bag


  • Prepare syrup by bringing honey and water to a simmer and stir to dissolve honey. Remove from heat and add tea bag. Allow to cool and remove tea bag.
  • Muddle lime, cucumber, and mint.
  • Add syrup and vodka and ice and shake until chilled.
  • Strain into a Collins glass and top with mineral water.
  • Garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Will Rogers

Born in what was then the Cherokee Nation of the Indian Territory, now part of Oklahoma, William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 to August 15, 1935) was a humorist, actor, and vaudeville performer. He was known for his wit and political comments.


  • ½ to 1 ounce grenadine, or to taste
  • 6 ounces of cola soft drink


  • Pour grenadine into an ice filled Collins glass.
  • Top with soft drink.
  • Garnish with maraschino cherry

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, formerly Norma Jeane Mortenson, (June 1, 1926 to August 4, 1962) was an American actress. She was famous for several marriages to prominent men, her sex symbol roles, and her rendition of Happy Birthday for then President John F. Kennedy.


  • ¾ ounce apple brandy
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine like Prosecco or champagne


  • Pour brandy and grenadine into a champagne flute
  • Top with sparkling wine
  • Garnish with lemon zest

Bill Murray

Actor and comedian William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is well known for his deadpan persona. He is known for his time on Saturday Night Live and numerous movies.


  • 2 ounces fresh watermelon
  • 4 or 5 basil leaves
  • 1 ½ ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce elderflower liqueur


  • In a shaker, muddle watermelon and basil.
  • Add bourbon, lemon juice, liqueur, and ice. Shake well
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with sprinkling of black pepper and watermelon.
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