Hedda Hopper Cocktails

Last time Angus and Clive came round to dinner they brought LOADS of booze, including a bottle of bourbon, from which only a sip was taken.  They refused to take it home with them at the end of the night, so I promised to make them some Hedda Hopper cocktails aka Malice In Hollywood #1 cocktails at a later date.  


The wonderful Greg over at Recipes for Rebels provided me with the perfect excuse to make it a bit of a party…


I first encountered this cocktail at liquor.com – it’s a contribution from well know booze expert David Wondrich.  I don’t know who named this cocktail the Malice in Hollywood No. 1, but I’m guessing that it might be linked to the movie Malice in Wonderland released in 1985, rather than it being named in the 1940s, by Hedda herself or someone linked to her.

Malice in Wonderland

I wish I didn’t care so much about the provenance of things, it’s the archivist in me.  I have ordered Imbibe by David Wondrich to see if there is any more info about the cocktail there,


if not, I’ll try and get in touch with him for more info…  I need to know!

Whoever named it, this cocktail is my all time favourite booze explosion!  It makes me go a bit doolally and I like that.


Clive made the little lemon twists as per Greg’s instructional video…


We drank them out in the communal garden with my all time favourite salty snack DILL CRISPS


The Hedda Hoppers were definitely a hit with Angus and Clive:


but I put a cap on – TWO EACH ONLY.  It would have been more chaotic than it actually was, if I’d let anyone have three…


We repaired upstairs for CURRY – but more about that in another post.  For now, here’s a photo of Cathy’s lovely puppy Lacey having a chew on my doorstops.  I must get a little toy for her to muck around with, for when she comes round next..


and last but not least, here’s a link to Greg’s great video showing how to make a Malice in Hollywood No 1 cocktail!

thanks Greg!


4 Responses to Hedda Hopper Cocktails

  1. Greg 20 Jul, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    Mr. Alex and I just watched Trumbo last week…if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! So how funny that your’re posting Hedda now! (That’s been happening a lot lately it seems…weird!) Loved the movie and love the cocktail! Yours looks lovely (although I was expecting to see more hats) 🙂

    I especially like the Marie Brizzard Apry. I bought a couple of other brands before finally scoring a bottle of the (elusive in Greece) Marie Brizzard…and they don’t even come close! Any good suggestions on what to do with crappy apricot (sort of) brandy (not) that’s gonna be hanging out in my liquor cabinet for the next 100 years? Loved the posting and thanks for all the mentions! Your garden party looks like fun!

  2. Jenny 21 Jul, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Ooo Trumbo! Yes, must see that. And good point about the hats, I have LOTS of apricot brandy left myself too so must have another Hedda Hopper party WITH HATS.

    I would be tempted to put your apricot (sort of) brandy in an ice-cream. But that’s only because I drunkenly bought an ice-cream maker on eBay the other day, so am planning to put EVERYTHING in ice-cream…

    Once I’ve drunk all my Tesco’s Finest (!) Apricot Brandy, I will get me some Marie Brizzard Apry and do it all properly. Ha ha! LOVE this cocktail.

  3. Tina Blacksmith 22 Jul, 2016 at 3:45 am #

    Mmm…dill chips! I LOVE those. Never had that brand.

    • Jenny 26 Jul, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

      Usually in the UK you can only get these from SKANDI KITCHEN, an amazing shop that sells Scandinavian foods, but my chums Angus and Clive keep telling me that you can get these from Ocado (which is a sort of home grocery delivery company). I LOVE THEM!

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