On this day in 2011, Hollywood icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor left the green earth for something greater (and I don’t mean the moon). Famed actress, bride, diamond enthusiast and perfumier, Taylor was also known to be quite the cocktail connoisseur. While Champagne is often cited as her favorite drink, it has been reported that Taylor loved a wide variety of spirits and cocktails, particularly martinis. In fact, the origin of the chocolate martini–fondly called the chocolatini by many–can be traced back to Taylor and her Giant costar Rock Hudson. As lovers of chocolate and vodka, the pair became fast friends and created the cocktail after filming one evening by adding chocolate syrup and chocolate liqueur to their standard vodka martini.
Thus, a start was born. Continue reading