2 Muses

Today I am inspired to create 2 signature cocktails inspired by 2 women who are different, yet the same. My muses are Hadley Hemingway and Zelda Fitzgerald. Hadley and Zelda were contemporaries and acquaintances, but never friends. They had the same stomping grounds: Paris in the 1920s. Both women inspired their famous husbands, but I would not lessen them as women by using the old adage about “behind every good man” because they are every bit inspiring on their own.

Hadley’s cocktail is gin-based. Let’s face it, gin is the spirit that comes to mind for most when thinking about the 1920s and classic cocktails. It’s a spin on Gin & Jam (not Gin & Juice LOL)- simple and sweet like Mrs Hemingway Numero Uno, the schnapps a nod to The Hemingways best times on holiday in Austria, the lime for the less-than-sweet times that Hadley endured.


“We ate well and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” ~ A Moveable Feast

As it happens with most things related to Zelda, her cocktail is a bit more complicated. Inspired by the Mint Julep, The Zelda packs a bourbon-based punch and a shot of Southern sweetness with peach simple syrup and a rim of brown sugar. The perfect cocktail for shimmying out of your stockings for a midnight splash in the city fountain!


“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” ~This Side of Paradise

Peach Simple Syrup


  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 2 C frozen peaches


  1. In a medium saucepan combine water, sugar, and peaches. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and cover. Steep peaches in sugar syrup 30 minutes.
  4. Strain syrup to remove the peach bits and allow to cool thoroughly before use. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

For more on Hadley & Zelda, check out:

Z a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

The Paris Wife

My Pinterest board; Scott, Zelda, and Company

Shout out to my local purveyors of spirits S.D. Strong Distilling & Dark Horse Distillery


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