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 – 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!


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