Will Rogers Cocktail Toasts A Man Who “Never Met A Man He Dident [sic] Like”
The Will Rogers cocktail is a namesake drink with gin, vermouth, orange juice and curacao. Once voted America’s most popular actor, the Will Rogers drink recipe had already been published in the 1930 Savoy cocktail book before his tragic 1935 death in an airplane crash at the age of 55.
In addition to acting in 48 silent films and 21 movies with sound, the cowboy philosopher started in show business performing twirling rope tricks along with a pony act in Texas Jack’s Wild West Circus. This led to extended stints in Vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies where he introduced satire into the mix and Will Rogers transformed himself from the “Ropin’ Fool” to the “Talkin’ Fool”.
“Our Constitution Protects Aliens, Drunks, and U. S. Senators.” ~ Will Rogers
While the “end of my rope” is where Will Rogers would say he drinks up early success, political cocktails and talkies propelled him to worldwide fame. His humorous anecdotes and commentary on politics, news of the day and matters of the heart onstage turned into books and a syndicated column for the New York Times and frequent postings in other major newspapers and magazines like the Saturday Evening Post.
“Prohibition Is Better Than No Liquor At All.” ~ Will Rogers
"Now it is not so terribly serious, this Prohibition … We are trying to settle something here that has been going on since way back in Bible times … Right in the start of Genesis, the ninth chapter and twentieth verse, it says, ‘And Noah became a husbandman and planted a vineyard.’
The minute he became a husband he started in raising the ingredients that goes with married life. So you can trace all drink to marriage, see. What we got to prohibit is marriage.” ~ Will Rogers - In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century.
He was a beloved cowboy turned humorist, actor, and writer whose popularity earned him membership in a small club of famous people who have drinks named for themselves. Some even have the same last name as listed below.
Will Rogers Cocktail Drink:
- 1 oz Orange Juice
- 1 oz French Vermouth
- 2 oz Plymouth Gin
- 4 Dashes Curacao
Measure ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
“Always Drink Upstream From The Herd.” ~ Will Rogers
Will Is One Of Three Rogers To Have A Signature Drink:
- Ginger Rogers cocktail - contains gin, ginger syrup and ginger ale with a splash of lime juice and muddled mint.
- Roy Rogers mocktail - adds a little grenadine to cola with a maraschino cherry garnish.
Cowboy Themed Home Bars With Will Rogers Cocktails On The Drinks Menu:
- Bar Stool Seats Saddled - with leather rigging, stirrups and strap holders.
- Standing Room Only Saloon - has no bar stools.