7 Drinks Named after Real People and the Stories Behind Them

Cocktails have many names. Some look only at its ingredients, such as gin and tonic, while others, such as Manhattan, reflect the place where the drink is popular. There are also drinks that are referred to by the names of famous or other real people. Margar Dec and Bloody Mary are among the best examples that can be given to this. Some of these drinks have dark origins that make them more fascinating than others. Here are drinks named after real people.

1. Bellini​
Bellini is named after the famous Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini, who created such works as Agony in the Garden and The Blood of the Redeemer. However, Giovanni Bellini did not invent the summer drink. In addition, this drink was not even alive when it was made. The cocktail was invented by a man named Giuseppe Cipriani.
Cipriani founded Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, and decided to add white peach puree to prosecco in the 1930s-1940s. Comparing the pinkish color of this new drink with the tint inherent in some of the most famous paintings by Bellini, he named his modest cocktail after the master artist. That is why Bellini is included among dec drinks named after real people.

2. Dom Pérignon​
It is said that the Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon was responsible for creating the champagne method for making sparkling wines. But this is just one of the many legends associated with the drink. However, he was an integral part of improving the production process, and one of his real achievements as a cellar master in a monastery in France is that he successfully blended grapes to overcome defects in wine quality. The exaggerated legend of Dom Pérignon is thought to be largely due to the claims of Dom Grossard, the last treasurer of Pérignon abbey in the years following the French Revolution.

3. Dubonnet​
The chemist Joseph Dubonnet is said to have been looking for a delicious way to give quinine (found in the cinchona tree) to French legionnaires in North Africa to fight malaria. But the authors of the book Just the Tonic, Kim Walker and Mark Nesbitt, believe that they are in search of a medical tonic in general, and not specifically against malaria. In any case, in 1846 he found the perfect mixture: a mixture of wine, medicinal herbs, spices and the right amount of quinine.
Queen Elizabeth II of Dubonnet. It is said to be Elizabeth’s favorite. If you want to drink in a royal way, combine two ounces of Dubonnet with one ounce of gin, add ice and a slice of lemon and stir until it cools down.

4. The Charlie Chaplin​
It seems unlikely that the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York will name a drink after someone referred to as “The Tramp”. But for the great comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, they made an exception. Among the drinks named after real people, Dec Charlie Chaplin consists of equal parts Sloe gin, lemon juice and apricot liqueur.
The Charlie Chaplin gets its attractive ruby-red color from the Sloe gin, which is made by brewing ripe wild plum fruits similar to plums with sugar and ordinary gin. The combination of sloe gin and apricot brandy is a little sweet. There is no information on whether Chaplin is a fan of the drink named after him.

5. The Arnold Palmer​
the famous American golfer Arnold Palmer, whose career spans more than 60 years, has won 62 PGA Tour titles. Arnold’s wife was making a lot of iced tea and asked him to make a big jug to add some lemonade. After keeping the odds right, he found it so enjoyable that he took it with him when he was playing golf. He was building a golf course in Palm Springs on a hot summer’s day. For lunch, he asked the waiter for iced tea with a quarter of lemonade. When the waiter went to a nearby table, the customer asked for an “Arnold Palmer” and then explained “what he ordered”.
Yesilde, the Arizona Beverage Company is launching the officially licensed Arnold Palmers line in a variety of flavors, including green tea and diet versions. Also in recent years, Hornell Brewing (parent company of Arizona) has teamed up with Molson Coors to add alcohol to Arnold Palmer Spiked, a hot weather favorite.

6. Margarita​
Everyone knows that margaritas include tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, but it is debatable how the drink got its name. According to one story, a Mexican restaurant owner made her this cocktail in 1947 or 48 for a former Ziegfeld showgirl named Marjorie King, who was allergic to all liquors except tequila. Or you can believe the version that depicts the Texan socialite Margaret Sames as the brain behind the drink. There are even versions that claim that the actress Rita Hayworth (first name Margarita), who was said to have been drunk while performing in Tijuana in the 1930s, gave her name to the drink.
Despite the similarity of female names to the Margarita drink, one of the most accepted theories is that the 20th it is about a cocktail called Daisy, which became popular at the beginning of the XIX century. These drinks are made from citrus fruits mixed with alcohol, including gin, whiskey and even brandy. At some point, the tequila daisy became margarita, which is the Spanish word for chamomile. This means that the drink, despite the legends, was probably not named after a particular person.

7. Bloody Mary​
Consisting of vodka, tomato juice and extra ingredients, Bloody Mary is said to have been put together by a French bartender named Fernand Petiot, who worked at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the early 1920 dec. St. When Vincent Astor, the owner of the Regis hotel, brought Petiot to New York in 1933, the name was considered too vulgar for the American public. For this reason, the name was changed to Red Snapper, which was considered more socially appropriate. According to some, there was no vodka in the USA at that time, so the drink was made with gin.
It is unclear when she was mixed with vodka again and why she became known as Bloody Mary in the United States. Some believe that the drink was named after Queen Elizabeth I of England. He attributes it to Mary. However, in a 1966 interview with Petiot, Petiot claims that he was propositioned by an American entertainer named Roy Barton because it “reminded him of Bucket of Blood, a club he once worked at in Chicago”. Six years later, someone claiming to be Petiot’s stepson said that he reminded Barton of Bucket of Blood and that he “had a daughter named Mary”. When the two are combined, the name Bloody Mary appears.

But this is not the end of the story. in 1964, Petiot said, “I started today’s Bloody Mary…George Jessel said he created it himself but when I took over it was really nothing but vodka and tomato juice.” said. Jessel was a popular entertainer decades ago, and in his autobiography he said that one day in 1927, after spending a whole night and most of the morning drinking, he had to sober up for a date. She remembered that her future sister-in-law used a tomato drink to sober up, so Jessel bought some tomato juice and some vodka, and then threw Worcestershire sauce and lemon into it. Mary Brown Warburton, the granddaughter of the store pioneer John Wanamaker, met with Jessel after wearing a white evening dress. Later, Jessel allowed her to try her own mixture. She spilled a little on her dress and said, “Now you can call me Bloody Mary, George!” said. That is why Bloody Mary is among dec drinks named after real people.


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