Toast-Worthy: 7 Drinks Named After Famous People

Arnold Palmer has mixed feelings about his signature drink. ”I’m a little embarrassed,” Palmer told the PGA. “I’m happy they’re ordering it, but I don’t think about it as something. I just think that maybe I’ve created something that is fun. And it was fun for me. … Like the guy says, ‘I’ll have a Palmer.’ I don’t think about it in first person. I think about, ‘Hey, thank you. Have a couple.’”

Maybe Palmer’s embarrassment can be lessened by knowing he is in good company. Other people have drinks bearing their names, and we’ve found seven drinks with famous monikers for you to try.



1. Roy Rogers

Similar to a Shirley Temple is the Roy Rogers, which you can make thanks to A mocktail isn’t the only Rogers namesake; the singer and actor also has a chain of restaurants which bear his name.


  • 1 dash grenadine syrup
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • ½ (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle cola-flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Directions: Pour a dash of grenadine syrup into a cocktail glass over ice, then pour in the cola. Garnish with a maraschino cherry to serve.



2. Arnold Palmer

Making an Arnold Palmer is easy, all you need to do is combine equal parts lemonade and iced tea. Since you’re skipping the store bought version already, why not go completely DIY with Chow‘s lemonade and iced tea recipes. Make the alcoholic, John Daly version by adding bourbon or vodka.


  • 1 quart fresh lemon juice (from 24 to 30 lemons)
  • 1 to 2 cups Rich Simple Syrup
  • 1 to 2 cups ice water
  • Ice for serving

Iced Tea

  • 8 tea bags of any good-quality black tea
  • 1 medium lemon or orange
  • 8 cups simmering water
  • Ice
  • Rich Simple Syrup (optional)

Rich Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

Directions: For the simple syrup, place sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer syrup to a container with a tight-fitting lid, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

The lemonade is made by combining the lemon juice, rich simple syrup, and water in a large pitcher and stir well. Taste and add more water and syrup as needed.

To make the iced tea, place the tea bags in a large heatproof glass pitcher. Use a vegetable peeler to strip the peel from the lemon or orange, avoiding as much of the white pith as possible, and add the peel to the pitcher. Pour the simmering water into the pitcher and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard. Refrigerate the tea until cool.



3. Jean Harlow

The Guardian will get you drinking to Jean Harlow. This sweet rum martini was apparently created for the actress, who enjoyed drinking the cocktail.


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • lemon peel (optional)

Directions: Add the rum and vermouth to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel, if desired.




4. The Murricane

This cocktail didn’t start out with Billy Murray’s nickname as its own, but according to Du Jour, bartenders at the Anchor in New York agreed to change it from “Love and Trust” to “The Murricane” due to Murray’s affinity for it. Murray received his nickname from Dan Aykroyd due to his mood swings.


  • 4 or 5 basil leaves
  • 1 nice-sized chunk of fresh watermelon
  • 1.5 ounces Bulliet bourbon
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • freshly ground black pepper and watermelon wedge, for garnish

Directions: Combine the watermelon and basil leaves in a mixing glass or shaker and muddle until the watermelon is crushed and juicy. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, and St. Germain, along with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish, if desired, with a sprinkling of black pepper and a wedge of watermelon.



5. Scarlet O’Haras and 6. Rhett Butlers

No, Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler aren’t actual people, but each component of this well-known literary couple have a cocktail named after them. Both use Southern Comfort and fruit flavors — to make your own follow these recipes.

Scarlet O’Hara


  • 1½ ounces peach brandy
  • 1½ ounces Southern Comfort
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
  • crushed ice

Directions: Put all ingredients except ice into blender. Blend for a few seconds. Add ice to fill blender about halfway. Combine on high speed.

Rhett Butler


  • 1 ounce orange Curacao
  • 1 ounce Southern Comfort
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • soda water

Directions: Pour Curacao, Southern Comfort, and both juices into a shaker of ice. Shake and pour into an 8-ounce highball glass. Top with soda water and garnish with orange slice and mint leaves as desired.



7. Bellini

Giovanni Bellini, an Italian Renaissance painter, is the namesake of this cocktail created in the first half of the twentieth century. Hundreds of years after Bellini’s life, Giuseppe Cipriani, the chief barman of Harry’s Bar in Venice, invented a cocktail which had a soft pink color that reminded him of a painting by Bellini, Swide explains. The classic calls for a combination of Prosecco and white peaches. Stay true to the original, or make it slightly sweeter with Saveur‘s recipe, which adds peach brandy.



  • 1½ ounces white peach puree
  • 1½ ounces peach brandy (optional)
  • Sparkling wine, to top


  • 5 white peaches, peeled and pitted

Directions: To make the puree, slice the peaches and blend thoroughly in a blender. You will have about 1½ cups of puree, which makes about 10 cocktails. If not using right away, the puree can be frozen in an ice cube tray then stored in an airtight container in the freezer to be used for individual cocktails in the future. Combine the peach puree and brandy in a flute, top with sparkling wine, and serve.

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