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Cocktails Inspired By Hollywood

Everyone knows the Shirley Temple Cocktail was inspired by the famous curly-head cutie from the 1930s. But did you know that ‘The Love Goddess’ Rita Hayworth may have been the inspiration for the Margarita? Here’s some information about these cocktails and more.

Most cocktails were invented in hotels the stars frequented – the kid-friendly Shirley Temple Cocktail was one of them. When asked about the cocktail, Temple dislikes it because it’s too sweet. The Mary Pickford Cocktail, a mixture of light rum, pineapple juice, grenadine and maraschino cherry juice is another, supposedly invented in Cuba at the Hotel Nacional.

Ironically, some stars who were not heavy drinkers inspired cocktails-- Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Mary Pickford’s husband was one of them. The actor never touched any heavy liqueur. Another teetotaler was Mae West – her cocktail includes an egg yolk, powdered sugar and brandy, then optionally dashed with some cayenne pepper. Sounds delicious, does it not?

Several bartenders claim they created the Margarita. One such claimant, Enrique Bastate Gutierrez, insists he created it for a young talented girl named Margarita Cansino who used to dance at the Foreign Club in Tijuana, Mexico. The young Margarita would later change her name and become “Rita Hayworth,” the legendary star we know and love.

Some classic stars have managed to give us unforgettable performances while simply ordering a drink. Who could forget Greta Garbo’s first spoken lines from “Anne Christie” (1930) “Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side...and don't be stingy, baby. Garbo has a cocktail named after her as well. Perhaps next time “Red Dust” (1932) starring Jean Harlow is on,
mix yourself the Jean Harlow cocktail, containing light rum and vermouth, and toast a sip to her when she says, “Mind if I get drunk with you?”

Today, Hollywood continues to inspire bartenders around the world. Recently, Cambodia has named a cocktail after Angelina Jolie. Four-time Oscar winning film “The Departed” (2006) recently inspired a drink called “The Departini” as well as Oscar-nominated “Atonement” (2008) with a drink called “Atone-mint.”

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