How To Make A Charlie Chaplin Mixed Drink

Need to know how to make a Charlie Chaplin mixed drink? Charlie Chaplin was the very first film star to have a drink named after him, and for a party with star appeal, the Charlie Chaplin mixed drink can be quite appropriate. The cocktail was invented at the famous Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Famous for his drunken antics in films like "Pay Day," Charlie Chaplin was a prime candidate for a cocktail moniker. And since the Waldorf-Astoria, dubbed "The Hyphen" back in its heyday, was a popular place for celebrities, it’s only fitting that the first cocktail named for a celebrity come from their bar. Be warned: a Charlie Chaplin is a rather thick drink, owing to the apricot brandy and sloe gin. The Charlie Chaplin is also pretty sweet, making it a hit with the ladies.

To make a Charlie Chaplin mixed drink, you will need:

  • Apricot brandy
  • Sloe gin
  • Lime juice
  • Lime peel
  • A cocktail glass (martini glasses give this drink an appropriate "roaring 20s" look)
  • A cocktail shaker
  1. Pour one ounce each of apricot brandy, sloe gin and lime juice, with a handful of ice, into the shaker. Shake vigorously, as the ingredients are thicker than normal mixed drink ingredients.
  2. Strain the cocktail into glasses. Garnish the Charlie Chaplin mixed drink with a lime peel and serve!

Since you’re going to need a lime peel for the garnish anyway, you might as well use fresh lime juice for your Charlie Chaplin. Depending on the size of the lime, you should be able to get about an ounce of juice per fruit for your mixed drink. Smaller limes equal less juice, so buy accordingly. To get your lime peel to curl, simply use a filet knife and start at one end of the lime. Peel around the fruit in one stroke. The peel should curl naturally, but you can make the curls tighter by wrapping the peel around a pen or pencil and slipping it off gently. Alternately, you could cut the curls in sections and gently twist each section in the middle to make lime twists instead of curls.

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