Friday, August 20, 2010

How To Make An Andy Warhol Cocktail

I recently embarked on a casual "project" to try to collect cocktail recipes named after celebrities.  This began when I saw an arresting image of Veronica Lake (are there any images of Miss Lake that aren't arresting?) and thought that there must be a Veronica Lake cocktail recipe.  So far, unfortunately, I haven't located one.  

Based on his love and affinity for commercial products and nightlife, I assumed that an Andy Warhol cocktail recipe existed and wasn't disappointed.  Two recipes, the first American and sort of great sounding, and the second English and, in my opinion, revolting, follow.  

This is just a late summer frolic and should be taken merely as semi-interesting research data and definitely not a menu recommendation.  

The two photos above feature on top a nice 1960s portrait of Andy at his studio, the Factory, and below a shot of my dog Andy (Warhol Roberts) ensconced in his own studio, his dog bed.   My Andy does not drink alcohol and, like his sister, Edith (Sedgwick Roberts), pictured below the recipes in an uncharacteristically meditative pose, he favors the canine astronaut breakfast of steak, eggs and kibble.

I. How To Make An Andy Warhol Cocktail

By: Rebecca Eckstein

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Learning how to make an Andy Warhol cocktail is very easy, and the drink is delicious. All you need are a couple ingredients, and boom there you have it. This cocktail was named after Andy Warhol, who was an American painter, filmmaker, and much more. 

To make an Andy Warhol Cocktail, you will need:

• Cocktail Shaker
• Crushed Ice
• Cognac
• Benedictine
• Lillet Blanc
• Orange Bitters
• Chilled Cocktail Glass
• Garnish

1. To start the Andy Warhol Cocktail you must have a cocktail shaker. You could just mix it, but the cocktail will not turn out as it should. So when you have your cocktail shaker out and ready, fill about half way up with crushed ice. Now you are ready to start adding your ingredients.

2. Adding your ingredients correctly is the most important thing when it comes to making a cocktail. If you don’t add the correct amount of all of your ingredients you could be making a completely different drink than you intend to! So pour 1 ½ oz. of your cognac, ½ oz of Benedictine, 1/3 oz of Lillet Blanc, and two dashes of orange bitters, and shake for at least 30 seconds. 

3. Now that you have all of your ingredients together and mixed very well you can serve. When you are ready, get your chilled cocktail glasses out, and pour. You're not finished yet. Make sure if you're having a cocktail party to garnish all of your cocktail glasses with oranges. You can choose something else if you think it might go better.

Your Andy Warhol Cocktail is mixed and now your can sit back, relax and enjoy. Make sure you and your friends drink responsibly!

II. How To Make A Warhol Cocktail

By Contributor
Updated: May 6, 2010 
A Warhol cocktail is a sweet and fruity drink that has a somewhat tropical flair to it. However, like the famous pop artist the cocktail is named after, the drink is definitely more inner city than tropical resort. The Warhol uses flavored vodkas which became quite popular in the mid 1990s, giving the drink a light taste without sacrificing alcohol content. This recipe makes one Warhol cocktail, served straight up with a lemon peel for a splash of vibrant color that Warhol would have appreciated.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You'll Need:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 oz. orange vodka
  • 1 oz. strawberry vodka
  • ½ oz. peach nectar
  • ½ oz. heavy cream
  • Chilled cocktail glass
  • 1 oz. chilled champagne
  • Lemon peel, for garnish 
1. Fill a cocktail shaker half-full with crushed ice.

2. Add 1 oz. each of orange vodka and strawberry vodka, and 1/2 oz. each of peach nectar and heavy cream to the cocktail shaker.

3. Cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.

4. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a chilled cocktail glass.

5. Pour 1 oz. chilled champagne over the cocktail and garnish the glass with a freshly twisted lemon peel. Serve right away.


  1. Love the idea, Curtis. Love your photo of furry Andy even more. Good starting place for a Warhol-esk portrait of him.

  2. i personally prefer the sound of the english one!

  3. Hi, Colleen. Thank you so much.

    Hi Anonymous. Cocktails are like that, you know? So intensely personal. What I like about them is that they're always meant to be decorative and beautiful. But you know what they say during the "selection phase" of ordering: "What's your poison?". There's more than a bit of truth in that.