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Famous Concoctions: A Drinker’s Guide to Celebrity Cocktail Names

by sem on April 16, 2013

Celebrity Cocktail Names

You know you’re a celebrity if you can’t walk down the street without a few people recognizing you, or if the paparazzi camp out regularly on your doorstep. But until someone names a drink after you, you aren’t really famous.

And I’m not talking about the people who get cocktails named after them just because they’re famous and their name rhymes with some sort of drink (The “Elliot Spritzer,” the “LeBlon James”).

That’s lame. You can come up with 1,000 bad puns, and 1,000 equally bad drinks. Watch:

  • “Leo Disaronno”
  • “Amy Wine House”
  • “Natalie Port Man”
  • “Lee ‘Scotch’ Perry”
  • “Donald Rum-sfeld”
  • “Martini Van Buren”
  • “Minnie Screwdriver”
  • “Grenadine Ferraro”
  • “Pina Turner”
  • “George Kahlua-ney”
  • “Marky Wahl-banger”

See what I mean? Lame puns = lame drinks. I might order the Natalie Port Man, though…

Anyway, the following list is reserved for only those people whose fame has transcended their existence, and wound up in their drink:

The Arnold Palmer/John Daly


  • 2 parts iced tea
  • 2 parts lemonade


Arnold Palmer was one of the greatest golfers the world had ever seen, and he was in the habit of making this gross-sounding concoction at home; but it was in a Palm Springs bar in the late 1960s that he finally ordered it in public. A woman overheard him, asked for “that Palmer drink,” and the rest is history.

The John Daly is named for another golfer who wasn’t quite as good as Palmer, but he was famous for his drinking problem. The recipe is simple: Make an Arnold Palmer, add a bunch of vodka.

 The Margarita


There are many variations on this drink, but the official recipe according to the International Bartenders Association is:

  • 7 parts tequila
  • 4 parts Cointreau
  • 3 parts lime juice


Rub glass rim with lime. Salt the glass. Shake up ingredients. Garnish, and serve over ice.


Most people don’t think of this popular tequila cocktail as being attributed to a celebrity, but it was. In fact, although this drink is often associated with Mexican food, the woman who thought up the Margarita was from Texas (yeah, yeah, I know. Chinese fortune cookies were also created in America, so get over it). Anyway, in 1948, socialite Margaret Sames invented this delicious drink, while on vacation (aren’t socialites pretty much always on vacation?) in Mexico. She tried several variations of tequila drinks (her favorite) until she discovered the perfect mix of sweet, salty, and sour. We’re just happy she could remember what it was the next day.


The Shirley Temple/Roy Rogers


  • 2 parts ginger ale/7-Up
  • Splash of Grenadine


Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.


Before Honey Boo Boo, and before Macaulay Culkin, there was Shirley Temple. She was one of the world’s first child stars. As the story goes, Temple would be stuck on location with no other children around, so she would wind up in the bars with the adults. In lieu of an actual cocktail, a bartender mixed the drink up and served it to young Ms. Temple. Today, this “mocktail” is served to children in T.G.I. Fridays all over the country.

The “Roy Rogers” is basically the same thing, only with cola instead of ginger ale or 7-Up. It was created so that underage boys who were self-conscious didn’t have to ask for such a “girly” drink.

There are many other celebrity cocktail names out there, and as long as there are celebrities who drink, even more will come along.

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