The Hedda Hopper Cocktail – Malice in Hollywood No 1

Until recently, these were the house cocktail here at Silver Screen Suppers Towers.  I had quite a few of these over the festive season before the Bourbon ran out.  They are so good, they make you go a bit berserk.  Two maximum I would suggest.


I’ve worked out the perfect way of making them chez moi.  I have a fab cocktail measure that always makes me laugh as the BIG end is for “friends” and the LITTLE end is for “relations”.  

So here’s a note to self and anyone else who has a similar measure: one friends and one relations measure of Bourbon, one relations measure of apricot brandy.  Ice in the cocktail shaker and a little twist of lemon in the glass.  Or if you prefer the official measurements:

1 12 oz Jim Beam Black Bourbon
12 oz Apricot brandy (Marie Brizard Apry)

Is it a cocktail if it only has two types of booze in it?  Or is it a mixed drink?

Cue for a Marlene Dietrich quote from her marvellously bonkers book ABC…


“MIXED DRINKS – Bad for you, and trouble for the barkeep.”

Plus here’s a quote from Mr R after taking a sip of a Hedda Hopper Cocktail: “I can feel that already, sneaking around my kidneys…”

Greg Swensen wrote a brilliant article about Hedda, her hats, and this cocktail so if you want to know more, skip over to Recipes For Rebels and read all about it – Hats Off To Hedda


All the Bourbon is now gone.  And in the spirit of my current motto: “use it up and wear it out,” I am going to find a few more movie related cocktails to focus on for the rest of 2017.  What a fun bit of research!  I’ve just done a stocktake of my booze.  Here’s what I have in the cocktail cabinet…

The Perrier bottle has home-made Mirabelle liqueur in it…


Champagne (naturally)

Remy Martin Cognac

Dry Vermouth








Cherry Vodka

An individual bottle of Bellini (?!)





Cherry Brandy


Stone’s Ginger Wine

Sailor Jerry Rum (yum)

Apricot Brandy



Tia Maria

Angostura Bitters

Elderflower and Apple Liqueur

Natalie’s Sloe Gin



Orange  Bitters

Triple Sec

Captain Morgan Rum

Tiny tester of Asterley Bros Amaro

Salty Licorice Vodka

Now who is going to help me drink it all?!


2 Responses to The Hedda Hopper Cocktail – Malice in Hollywood No 1

  1. Jenny 20 Jul, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    Oh wow, your blog is awesome!

    Re cocktails v. mixed drinks:
    I think the definition of a cocktail is any drink with at least two kinds of alcohol. One kind of booze plus other stuff is a mixed drink. Marlene wasn’t wrong. And you know she was probably a shot drinker.

    I’m going to make this at home this week-end. Weirdly I happen to have some apricot brandy on hand.

  2. Jenny 21 Jul, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    Well hello there, and thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. I love your definition of a mixed drink “one kind of booze plus other stuff” – ha ha – that’s brilliant.

    SEND ME A PIC OF YOUR HEDDA HOPPER and let me know if you have more than one, and in which case how bonkers it makes you…

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