Jean Harlow Cocktail Recipe

Jean Harlow Cocktail - Classic Rum Cocktail Recipe
Oh so simple, the Jean Harlow Cocktail is a classic martini variation that simply pairs a great rum with sweet vermouth. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving (serves 1)

Jean Harlow was the first platinum blonde that brought sex to the Hollywood scene and she has her own cocktail.

This drink named after her is a sweet rum martini, supposedly a favorite of the actress. The recipe is very simple, just an equal mix of your favorite light rum and sweet vermouth garnished with a sexy lemon spiral.

Though not as popular as the Martini or Manhattan, the Jean Harlow Cocktail is a fascinating experience that shows how many classic cocktails kept the ingredients simple. It is also another testament to the versatility of that bar essential we call vermouth.

Harlow's short career was highlighted by her starring roles in Red Dust with Clark Gable and Libeled Lady with Spencer Tracy. Harlow's untimely death at only 26 years old caused her to miss out on what could have been her biggest role, that which was filled by Fay Wray in King Kong.

What You'll Need

  • 2 ounces rum (light)
  • 2 ounces vermouth (sweet)
  • Garnish: lemon peel

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the lemon peel.