Cary Grant makes you think of the words handsome and debonair and his movies invoke black and white imagery of a perfect world where the stars of the silver screen drank Champagne and cocktails while looking fabulous!
In real life Cary Grant's favorite cocktail was the classic martini (made with gin, naturally!). Author Ian Fleming was quite open about basing his famous character James Bond on Cary Grant which could explain why "Bond, James Bond," enjoys his martini shaken not stirred as well!
On screen Cary Grant drank a lot of different alcohol, in the times of black and white cinema cocktails were seen as glamorous and had a natural role on the screen. Here are a few of Cary Grant's Cocktails........
1 ½ oz brandy
½ oz white creme de menthe
Fill a mixing glass with ice, add the above ingredients and stir. Strain into an old fashioned glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Cary Grant drank Stingers in two movies - Kiss Them for Me and The Bishop's Wife.
In Kiss Them For Me Cary Grant played opposite Jayne Mansfield and Suzy Parker. He was a naval officer who was doing the PR circuit after behaving commendably during service.
In The Bishops Wife Cary Grant plays an angel sent down to help the Bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young), Cary Grant and Loretta Young enjoy Stingers in the afternoon.
Cary Grant also gives his co-star Katherine Hepburn a Stinger in the movie The Philadelphia Story, while he and James Stewart drink Martinis.
2 measures scotch or bourbon
Put ice cubes into an old fashioned glass, pour in whisky and top up with ginger ale, stirring gently.
Cary Grant drank the Highball in The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer where he played an eligible batchelor that Shirley Temple's character fell in love with. Cary Grant's character fell in love with then much more appropriately aged older sister played by Myrna Loy.
1½ - 2oz gin
1 egg white
1 tsp grenadine
1 tsp double cream
Pour all of the ingredients, along with ice, into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve.
Cary Grant drank a Pink Lady in Topper. In the movie Topper Cary Grant and Constance Bennett star as ghosts of a fun loving couple who try andtry to make Topper have more fun!
2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
½ nip brandy
Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, put 2-3 dashes of bitters onto the cube. Pour the brandy into the glass and top up with champagne.
Cary Grant indulged in a Champagne Cocktail in the Oscar nominated love story, An Affair To Remember which also starred Deborah Kerr.
2 oz gin
2 drops dry vermouth
Combine the gin and vermouth, along with ice, in a cocktail shaker and shake – strain into a martini glass to serve and garnish with a pearl onion.
Cary Grant drinks a Gibson in one of his most famous movies - North By Northwest. Directed by Hitchcock and co-starring Eva Marie Saint this is one of my top 3 Cary Grant movies.
|Cary Grant in North by Northwest|
1 2/3 oz gin
1/3 oz dry vermouth
Pour the gin and vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve and garnish with an olive.
That is a classic Martini that both Cary Grant and the 'original' James Bond enjoyed!
Of course you can't be Cary Grant without someone naming a cocktail after you -
Cary Grant cocktail
1 shot Tia Maria
1 shot Vodka
Juice of 1 Lime
Fill Old-Fashioned glass with ice. Squeeze juice of one lime (or less, to taste), then pour equal parts Tia Maria and Vodka. Mix well, garnish with lime wedge.
As Cary Grant himself said,
“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”