Fay Wray was one of cinema’s first “Scream Queens” and today is her birthday.
She was born Vina Fay Wray on Sept. 15 in 1907.
Not familiar with the actress? Well, read on… Because she’s got more than 100 acting credits to her name — including one gargantuan role for which she’ll always be known.
Fay Wray was born in Alberta Canada and in her life she amassed upward of 100 acting credits to her name.
She acted through 1980, and in the 50s she appeared on television shows such as Perry Mason and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but she’ll forever be know for a role she played in 1933 — as the female lead in King Kong:
Google search the name “Fay Wray and add the word “cocktail” and the first hit you’ll find will be this article on the website Punch.
It only makes sense that someone would have given this Old Hollywood actress her own cocktail, and that it would be related to her role in King Kong — or at least, I assume that’s why this drink has a banana flavor component.
The following recipe was created by Brooklyn-based bartender Matthew Bellanger.
About This Cocktail
The Fay Wray is a banana-flavored tiki drink made with rum and cognac.
- 3/4 ounce gold rum (preferably Barbancourt 4 Star Rum)
- 3/4 ounce cognac (preferably Dudugnon)
- 3/4 ounce banana liqueur, Giffard Banane du Bresil
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 ounce rhum agricole, Rhum Clément
- 1/4 ounce demerara syrup (2:1, sugar:water)
- 1 small lime wedge
Shake all ingredients over a small amount of crushed ice — including a lime wedge. Squeeze the lime wedge in with the other ingredients and drop it in the shaker. Pour all the ingredients, without straining, into a rocks glass and add more crushed ice. Garnish with a dried banana slice and a mint bouquet.
— Do bananas belong in cocktails? The Savory wrote this article about that question.