Mae West

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Ingredients (4)

  • Yolk of 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 3 ounces brandy
  • Cayenne pepper

Movie stars have celebrated the merits of the cocktail as well as lamented its abuses. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire helped to immortalize the cocktail. The first words Greta Garbo uttered on screen were “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.” Asked about how she was mixed up in a delicate situation, Mae West replied, “Like an olive in a dry Martini.” These celebrities all have cocktails named after them. Thinking about those who played alcoholics in movies, however, there is no Ray Milland, Jack Lemmon, or Nicolas Cage, which shows that it pays to be respectful to your cocktail on screen.


  1. 1Shake the egg, sugar, and brandy very well with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Dust with cayenne pepper.
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