The Fannie Ward is an under-appreciated classic cocktail inspired by Fannie Ward, a silent film and vaudeville flapper actress in the 1920's, and codified in Tom Bullock’s The Ideal Bartender. Made authentically with our TRUE Grenadine, it's the perfect drink to impress guests with your bartending skills. Give them a bit of the following cocktail lore and you'll enter into expert territory.
Fannie Ward was a glutton for the limelight:
- She was famously coy about her age, often claiming to be 22 well into her 40s.
- Her most famous film, by Cecil B. DeMille, was The Cheat (1915), a silent film, which was radical for having an Asian male lead and its hinting at nudity and infidelity.
- She once announced a $50,000 prize if anyone could prove that she had a facelift.
- Her first (allegedly) husband, ‘Diamond’ Joe Lewis, claimed to be either South African millionaire, London money lender or a self-made man from Lithuania.
- Her daughter was the result of an affair with a British marquess.
- She once danced with President Lincoln
The Fannie Ward cocktail was inspired by a flapper who knew how to conceal and impress. In many ways the cocktail does the same. The foamy cocktail served in a coupe glass couldn't feel fancier, concealing its relatively simple ingredients with cocktail flare. Go ahead, prove this cocktail has a face lift. We dare you.