3 celebrity themed cocktail recipes

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By: Donna Ruko | Todd Covelli Posted: 11:55 PM, May 8, 2017

No summer getaway is complete without some tasty libations and the Arizona Biltmore has a tradition of serving them up to the rich and famous since 1929. The storied guest list includes stars like Clark Gable to Marilyn Monroe. Donna Ruko paid a visit to the hotel's speak-easy to get celebrity themed cocktails from mixologist Mark Yaeger.

1.  Clark Gable

The legendary actor loved staying at The Biltmore, so we will make a popular 1940s style drink in his honor.

3 oz Grey Goose Vodka
.5 oz Martini and Rossi Dry Vermouth
Rinse – Leopold Brothers Absinthe 
Garnish- frozen grapes 


In a mixing glass add your vodka and vermouth. Add ice, stir 20 times. Splash of absinthe in the Martini glass, swirl to coat the glass and discard any remaining liquid. Strain vodka and vermouth into Martini glass and garnish.

2.  Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr.

Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. were fans of the “Rusty Nail” and what Sinatra called “Daniels over ice” which was simply Jack Daniels on ice.

The Rusty Nail was another favorite Rat Pack drink. The sophisticated, smoky cocktail combines scotch with Drambuie, a liqueur made from scotch, honey, herbs, and spices. This recipe comes from Paste magazine.


  • 2 ounces blended scotch whiskey

  • ½ ounce Drambuie

  • 1 lemon twist

3.  Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe LOVED Champagne, Dom Perignon, specifically. There is even a Marilyn Monroe cocktail, but we want to make a “mocktail” version for those who prefer not to drink alcohol.

“Can the legened of Marilyn Monroe be summed up in three ingredients? Well, three is the magic number when it comes to making the cocktail inspired by the famed Hollywood actress.

The Marilyn Monroe cocktail features one of the bombshell's favorite drinks: champagne. A dash of apple brandy and grenadine complete the ensemble. Of course, this special drink deserves not one, but two cherries on top.

We're not sure Marilyn actually enjoyed this cocktail in life, but we do know what she liked to eat. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn's passing so why not have a drink in her honor? Here's the recipe for the Marilyn Monroe cocktail, courtesy of Drink Mixer:

4 oz. (113 ml) champagne

1 oz. (28 ml) apple brandy

1 tsp. (5 ml) grenadine

Serve in a champagne flute with two cherries on a stick.

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