Drink like the ‘Gilmore Girls’ with these three signature cocktails

While the Gilmore diet consists primarily of chili fries, pizza, Mallomars and doughnuts, the characters shared notable experiences over three specific cocktails. The “How to Eat Like a Gilmore” cookbook includes the recipes for Rory’s 21st birthday cocktail, Lorelai’s gin martini and Stars Hollow Founders Day Punch.

Rory’s grandmother, Emily Gilmore, hosted Rory’s 21st birthday party when a falling out with her mother thwarted Rory’s more casual plans. Emily instructed the bartender to create a drink called the “Rory.” While the ingredients were never divulged on the show, Luke commented that it “tastes pink.”


1/4 cup water, for rim

1/4 cup granulated sugar (for rim)


3 ounces vodka

1 ounce grenadine

1 ounce pineapple juice

1 ounce Champagne

1 Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Prep glass: Dip of the rim of the cocktail glass into a 1/8 inch of water, then immediately into the sugar.

Mix the drink: Add ice to a shaker until it is half full. Pour in vodka, grenadine and pineapple juice. Shake until are well blended. Remove shaker lid, add Champagne and gently stir.


Miss Patty stirs up the lethal Founders Day Punch at all town events. And nearly every character on the show has a story of regret tied to the deceptively fruity cocktail.


3 cups passion fruit juice

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1 cup vodka

1/2 cup brandy

1 cup sparkling apple cider


Mix punch: Combine passion fruit, cranberry and pineapple juices in a pitcher. Add vodka and brandy. Stir well, until fully blended. Add sparkling apple cider. Stir gently to combine. Serve over ice.

At Rory and Lorelai’s conscripted Friday night dinners, Lorelai soothes her anxieties with a gin martini. It becomes a particular point of contention when Rory brings Logan over for the first time and Emily pretends that Lorelai’s drink of choice is a sidecar, causing Lorelai to insist, “No, my drink is a martini. It’s always been a martini.” The recipe is for a vodka martini. But if you want to be like Lorelai, substitute gin.



4 ounces vodka

1 1/2 ounces vermouth

Olive, for garnish

Olive juice

Mix the drink: Fill shaker full of ice. Add vodka and vermouth. Shake vigorously for 1 minute to fully combine and chill the liquids. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olives.

Contact Janna Karel at jkarel@reviewjournal.com. Follow @jannainprogress on Twitter.

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