Drinking Legends #1 – Dorothy Parker

DP under the hostLast weekend some lovely friends came to visit and we had a proper Girls’ Night In. We enjoyed a few sparkling cocktails, one giant rum punch, and even had a dance.

However, we were most inspired by the lady one of our drinks was named after, Dorothy Parker. Born in 1893, she was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and for enjoying a stiff drink. Many of her quotes are famous, talking about men, love, and writing, but of course on this blog It is her thoughts on drinking we are interested in, so I have included a couple of my favourites in this feature alongside our sparkling cocktails.

Dorothy Parker (makes 3)

  • 60ml Absolut Citron vodka
  • 30ml Triple Sec
  • 30ml Chambord liqueur
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • Fill with Champagne/Prosecco
  • 3 Raspberries (to garnish)

Combine all ingredients (except fizz and raspberries) and shake with ice. Pour into the base of three champagne flutes and then carefully fill with chosen fizz and add a raspberry to each.

Dorothy Parker

This is a light and summery drink, perfect for celebrations, and best enjoyed with friends.

While we’re on the sparkling cocktails wagon, here’s a classic you can use to finish up that bottle:

French 75 (makes 4)

  • 80ml Tanqueray Gin
  • 40ml Lemon juice
  • 20ml Sugar syrup
  • Fill with Champagne/Prosecco

Combine all ingredients (except fizz) and shake with ice. Pour into the base of four champagne flutes and then carefully fill with chosen fizz.

French 75

When it comes to sparkling cocktails, you can decide what you would prefer to use. Most official recipes call for Champagne (some for specific brands), but for many this is an expensive option, or seems a waste when you are adding other ingredients that alter the flavour. Honestly, I prefer Prosecco to Champagne, whether in a cocktail or on its own, but you can choose anything you (and your budget) like. I would like to try some English sparkling wines, especially in the summer when I’m using local fruit in my drinks. Any recommendations?

As always, I encourage you to enjoy responsibly, but my final thought (although obviously not my own thought) is this:

DP lobotomy quote

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