Favourite drinks of the rich and famous

Ever wonder what the favourite imbibe is of some of the most famous people on the planet? Here are a number of well-known folks and their have-to-have tipples.

Politicians and world leaders have a lot on their plates, so they’re entitled to an alcoholic drink now and then. When she’s not doting over her great-grandchildren George and Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth II likes to wet her whistle with a gin and Dubbonet. It has to be made with no pips, a slice of lemon and two ice cubes. It is said that famed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill loved two things: cigars and highballs (whiskey and water). Former US president Ben Franklin had great taste. His favourite sipper was none other than Madeira (fortified wine of Portugal). Current US president Barack Obama keeps it mellow, indulging in Bud Light.

Actors are a breed unto themselves and many have interesting quirks. However, when it comes to favourite imbibes, they’re not that crazy. Although swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow in the movies seems to love rum, his alter ego, Johnny Depp, enjoys bourbon sours. C’est la vie. Cutie-pie Jennifer Aniston apparently loves Margaritas. I wouldn’t have guessed that. Liv Tyler of Lord of the Rings fame really digs strawberry daiquiris. I wonder if she got that from her father Steven. Not surprising that bubbly actress Marilyn Monroe loved Champagne – it sparkles just as she did. Would you believe the female half of “Brangelina,” Angelina Jolie, prefers Tequila? What a woman! Casablanca star Humphrey Bogart was a big Scotch fan, not of “gin joints.”

Musicians and folks in the music biz have a reputation for outlandish behaviour and supposed wild drinking habits. Although Sting is not necessarily considered a “bad boy,” his drink of choice is Jack on the rocks (Jack Daniels bourbon). Jay-Z is a very meticulous man. His favourite tipple is a specific Champagne, Armand de Brignac, while his wife Beyonce, who shares his love of bubbly, has a real penchant for Margaritas. Chameleon pop queen Madonna claims she loves pomegranate martinis and when he’s not creating another singing show, producer Simon Cowell likes to get down with Sapporo beer.

Writers and artists throughout history liked to indulge, perhaps to lubricate the creative process. JK Rowling’s signature drink is gin and tonic. Take that Potter. Author, playwright, and poet Oscar Wilde certainly knew the “importance of being Absinthe,” as he listed this as his favourite sipper. The same with painter Pablo Picasso! This green-hued alcohol is said to have mild hallucinogenic affects. Maybe that would explain some of his paintings! American writer William Faulkner preferred mint juleps while eccentric creator Truman Capote favoured screwdrivers. You’d think a macho dude like Ernest Hemingway would get off on something like whiskey, but he leaned towards mohitos. The Great Gatsby creator, F. Scott Fitzgerald found gin rickeys to his liking.

Whether it’s “keeping up” with the rest of her family or tempering her hubby Kanye, Kim Kardashian keeps it mellow with white Russians. Oprah Winfrey is a fan of slightly sweeter drinks and includes lemon drop and pomegranate martinis as her faves.

Famous fictional characters also have specific drink preferences. Who can forget James Bond’s love of Martinis “shaken, not stirred,” or Jeff Bridges character in The Big Lebowski, who adored white Russians. Finally, and not least, we have lovable bumbler Homer Simpson, whose love affair with Duff Beer has spanned well over two decades.


Edward Finstein is a wine writer, award-winning author, TV and radio host, educator, judge

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