The Cary Grant cocktail was named after the actor Cary Grant (1904-1986). Grant drank many cocktails on film, but it’s not known if he ever had the cocktail named after him. (Grant’s favorite cocktail was a martini.) Bru Mysak of the “21” Club (21 West 52nd Street in Manhattan) was credited in 1985 for originating the cocktail.
The Cary Grant cocktail contains—in some recipes— vodka, Tia Maria coffee liqueur and lime juice. The original “21” Club version contains vodka, Tio Pepe (a sherry) and Rose’s Lime Juice.
Wikipedia: Cary Grant
Archibald Alec Leach (18 January 1904 – 29 November 1986), better known by his stage name, Cary Grant, was a British-born American actor. With his distinctive yet not quite placeable accent, he was noted as perhaps the foremost exemplar of the debonair leading man, handsome, virile, charismatic and charming. He was named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time of American cinema, after Humphrey Bogart, by the American Film Institute. He was well known for starring in classic films such as The Philadelphia Story, North by Northwest, Notorious, His Girl Friday, To Catch A Thief, Bringing Up Baby and The Bishop’s Wife.
Cary Grant Cocktails
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!
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.
Cary Grant recipe
1 shot Tia Maria® coffee liqueur
1 shot vodka
juice of 1 limes
Fill a tumbler or old-fashioned glass with ice. Squeeze juice of one lime (or less, to taste), then pour equal parts of tia maria and vodka. Mix well, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Originally drank by Cary Grant, from whom it took it’s name.
26 May 1985, Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, section 3, pg. 3, col. 5:
I remember that a Shirley Temple cocktail was a drink you could order for a child. It was made simply with ginger ale and red cherry juice and usually was garnished with a maraschino cherry. What is the Cary Grant cocktail that I hear is popular in New York?—Bobby K., Reading, Pa.
Concocted by barman Bru Mysak of the prestigious 21 Club, a Cary Grant is a glass with two ounces of Absolut vodka, a dash of Tio Pepe and, in honor of Grant’s English heritage, a tinge of Rose’s Lime Juice.
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Anthony Dias Blue
Private Preview, October 2004
The Cary Grant cocktail at New York’s “21” Club is the epitome of charm: four parts suave vodka, one part fino sherry, and a squeeze of lime.