Happy Birthday To Charlie Chaplain!

I can’t believe both Charlie Chaplain and Mary Pickford have birthdays within a week of each other.

I can only imagine the parties they had back in the day.

Chaplain was born April 16, 1889 in London.

Like Pickford, Chaplain has a cocktail with his name attached to it. The drink even has an illustration in my recently-bought copy of The Esquire Drink Book:


Esquire‘s recipe is as follows:

  • 3 oz sloe gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz apricot Brandy

Sake over crushed ice.

A quick Google search netted me this link, which called the drink “rather thick and sweet.” It also scales back the cocktail’s three ingredients to 1 oz portions each:

The Charlie Chaplin Cocktail was one of the premier drinks of the Waldorf-Astoria prior to 1920. The equal mix of lime, apricot brandy and sloe gin is documented in A.S. Crockett’s The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book and it’s a nice, gentle mix, although rather thick and sweet.

 Thirsty for more?

— Mix That Drink uses lemon juice, not lime.

Also, this is my 100th post, so that’s pretty exciting!



3 responses to “Happy Birthday To Charlie Chaplain!

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