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Happy Birthday to Graham Greene and His Eponymous Martini

Let’s raise a glass to Brit author Graham Greene in honor of his birthday, October 2. Had the author not died not died a decade ago, he would be 107. Somehow, he managed to live nearly a century despite being “louche to drugged-out distraction” according to The Nation.

As I’ve previously cited re: writers with drinks named after them:

Among his poisons was the eponymously-named martini, the “Graham Greene,” a variation on the traditional gin and dry vermouth that calls for a dash of créme de cassis. Order this concoction anywhere but Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and you’ll likely raise an eyebrow more than a glass. Apparently, the author invented in a hotel bar while a foreign correspondent in 1950s-era Vietnam (wherefrom his inspiration for The Quiet American). SF Chron confederate Gary Regan tried to recreate a version of Greene’s namesake drink and was “sorely disappointed.”

Cheers to you, GG.

By Daedalus Howell

Daedalus Howell is the author, most recently, of the novel "Quantum Deadline" and the writer-director of the recently released feature film "Pill Head." He is the editor of The North Bay Bohemian and The Pacific Sun.

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