STARS AND SPIRITS
Cocktail: The Nancy Drew
Inspiration: Actress Mary Lee Wooters
Base Ingredients: Rum
Why today? Mary Lee was born Oct. 24, 1924.
Origin: Did this drink exist before the 30 Rock episode?
Cocktail Groupings: Old Hollywood, Actresses & Calendar Cocktails
Actress Mary Lee Wooters was born Oct. 24, 1924.
I usually know something about the actresses I post about here, but I had to do a little reading about Mary Lee — and also about the Nancy Drew cocktail.
Mary Lee’s first screen appearance was in the Warner Brothers Nancy Drew… Reporter (released Feb. 18, 1939). In the film she played the character Mary Nickerson, the younger sister of Nancy Drew’s boyfriend, Ted Nickerson.
About This Drink:
The Nancy Drew is a simple drink, just rum and ginger ale with lime juice — which makes it a sort of buck/mule.
- 1 part white rum
- 2 parts ginger ale
- Splash lime juice
Build in a rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.
The blog A Crimson Kiss gives a recipe for a slightly more “craft” version of this drink:
- 2 oz aged rum
- 1 oz ginger syrup
- 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz coconut cream
- Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a few dashes of Angostura bitters.
All The Stars & Spirits:
There are dozens of cocktails named after actors and actresses, and I’ve written about a few of them here:
•Charlie Chaplain — (Link)
•Clara Bow — Link)
•Fay Wray — (Link)
•Ginger Rogers — (Link)
•Lauren Bacall — (Link)
•Lillian Gish — (Link)
•Mary Astor — (Link)
•Mary Pickford — (Link)