Over the past few mornings, Robert J Wright and Matt Parker have been discussing their favorite alcoholic beverages. Robert, of course, loves Grey Goose Martinis or Vodka Gimlets. Young Parker enjoys Scotch neat or Old Fashions. If you're looking to expand your drinking horizons, here are some historically famous men and their drinks of choice.

Ernest Hemingway - Mojitos

One of Hemingway's favorite drinks was the rum based Mojito. Below is a great recipe to make the perfect Mojito at home.


  • 2 parts rum
    4 lime wedges
    12 fresh mint leaves
    2 heaped tsp of caster sugar
    1 part soda water/club soda
    Sprig of fresh mint to garnish

  • Gently press together the limes & sugar. Bruise the mint leaves by clapping them between your palms, rub them on the rim of the glass and drop them in. Next, half fill the glass with crushed ice, add the rum & stir. Top up with crushed ice, a splash of soda and a sprig of mint.

Ulysses S. Grant - Old Crow Bourbon

One of the oldest bourbons in country, Old Crow is noted as perfecting the Sour Mash process. It is regarded as one of best and original Kentucky Bourbons. And Grant LOVED it. If you want to drink like a president, grab a glass and a bottle. No mixers required.

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Gin Rickeys

F. Scott loved himself some gin. So did his wife. And one of his favorite cocktails was the Gin Rickey, which is very similar to Robert's favorite Vodka Gimlet. Drink like a literary legend by following the recipe below.


  • 1 1/2 oz gin
    juice of 1/2 limes
    carbonated water
    1 lime wedge

  • Pour juice of lime and gin into a highball glass over ice cubes. Fill with carbonated water and stir. Add the wedge of lime and serve.

Ben Franklin - Madeira

Ben Franklin, Founding Father of the United States, was known to booze it up. He loved a lot of things ranging from Beer to whiskey. But his favorite was Madeira wine. There are lots of Madeira variations, Ben preferred the sweeter kind.

Truman Capote - Screwdrivers

The man behind Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood, was known to party and drink quite a bit. His poison of choice is a classic - Vodka Screwdrivers. He commonly referred to the beverage as 'my orange drink'. Screwdrivers are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Grab a fedora, some orange juice and a bottle of Vodka.


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