Greta Garbo is widely considered one of the best female actresses of all time, and her career spanned over two decades from 1920 to 1941. By 1932, the Swedish-born actress was so popular that she was able to dictate her own terms in her contract, and as a result, became increasingly selective about the roles that she chose. This was a rare feat in the early 20th century.
It’s important to note that for most of her career, she was the highest paid actor or actress at MGM. She retired at age 35 after twenty-eight films, and passed away in 1990 at the age of 84, yet her legacy lives on. One of the ways that she still remains in popular culture is because of the Garbo cocktail. It is interesting to point out that the first words she uttered on screen: “Give me a whiskey, a ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby”. However, the cocktail is brandy-based, but this goes to show just how intertwined pop culture and cocktails were at the time.
- 1 ounce of brandy
- ¼ ounce of orange juice
- ¼ ounce of grenadine
- ¼ ounce of dry vermouth
- Dash of crème de menthe
- Pour the brandy, orange juice, grenadine, vermouth and crème de menthe over ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake well, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
The dash of crème de menthe is optional, but is great to add a little bit of flavor to the cocktail. As always, if possible, use freshly squeezed orange juice for the best Garbo cocktail possible. There are also people that add a dash of port wine, but since this is already a brandy-based cocktail – it might not be necessary. Brandy-based cocktails certainly aren’t the norm these days, and the drink’s prime may have passed, but there’s nothing wrong with honoring the late legend, and toasting a cocktail to the great Greta Garbo!