Elegant cocktails and show biz go well together. They can either be made to commemorate a play, movie, book or song, or actually be part of such an artistic expression. This month, we're serving up a trio of such concoctions.
• MY FAIR LADY
This cocktail was created at London's Savoy Hotel in the 1950s to coincide with the production of "My Fair Lady," the musical stage play based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion."
1½ measures gin
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon creme de fraise
1 egg white
Thoroughly shake all ingredients together with ice,, strain into cocktal glass and garnish with an orange peel.
• THE JACKIE COLLINS
This drink was created by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck in honor of steamy-novel writer Jackie Collins' 25th book, "Drop Dead Beautiful."
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces lemonade
One-half fresh lime
1½ ounces club soda
1 fresh mint leaf
Muddle raspberries in a shaker with a splash of simple syrup. Add icem then the vodka and the lemonade. Squeeze juice of half a lime. Shake all ingredients vigorously. Add the club soda, then shake once more. Strain into a highball glass and garnish with a raspberry and the mint leaf.
• EYES WIDE SHUT
This recipe was created to honor the odd mix of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in the offbeat 1999 movie of the same name. The disparate ingredients are colorful and pleasing in combination.
½ ounce Southern Comfort peach liqueur
½ ounce Crown Royal Canadian whiskey
½ ounce amaretto almond liqueur
½ ounce orange juice
½ ounce pineapple juice
½ ounce cranberry juice
Splash grenadine syrup
Place ice in shaker and add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.
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