Few actresses captured the world’s imagination like Greta Garbo did in the 1920s and ’30s. The Swedish-born star won her way into people’s hearts with roles in such films as “Torrent,” “Flesh and the Devil” and her first talkie, “Anna Christie,” whose opening line—“Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby!”—cemented her legendary status in Hollywood and beyond.
So it’s no surprise that someone created a cocktail in her honor. But who invented it and where? Sadly, those details have eluded history. What we do know is that famous people often inspire famously delicious drinks, and this one’s no exception. Adapted from Knut Sundin’s 1930 book, “Two Hundred Selected Drinks,” this recipe calls for a delicate mix of BACARDÍ® Carta Blanca rum, Cointreau liqueur, fresh lime juice and grenadine, made silky with a few drops of absinthe. Whiskey and ginger it ain’t. But we think Garbo would love it just the same.
- 2 parts BACARDÍ Carta Blanca rum
- 3/4 parts Cointreau liqueur
- 1/4 parts Grenadine liqueur
- 1/2 parts Fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes Absinthe, to rinse
- Garnish: Star anise
Rinse a chilled coupe with 2 dashes of absinthe, then discard.
Add the remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
Fine-strain into the prepared coupe.
Garnish with a star anise.