Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Graham Greene

Graham Greene, 1964

Graham Greene was born on this day, October 2, in 1904. The award-winning novelist, and international spy, was photographed by Karsh in May of 1964, one day after Karsh photographed Paul Getty, of Getty Oil, and a day before he photographed Charles Forte, founder of the Forte hotel group.

Karsh famously over-prepared for his meeting with Ernest Hemingway in advance of photographing him, resulting in a Daiquiri-related faux pas at breakfast, the story of which is here. Graham Greene also had a preferred drink. Thanks to Wikipedia, here is the recipe:

“The cocktail was invented at the Metropole Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam in 1951. The rebellious communist and some-time guilty but roguish Catholic was an interesting character and one worthy of this intriguing cocktail.

Generously fill a shaker with ice to the top 25ml Vermouth 1 dash Crème De Cassis (or to your taste); 50ml good quality London Dry Gin; A couple of Juniper Berries crushed (for a twist).

Pour in the measures of Vermouth and Cassis and stir them around the ice liberally for a few minutes, once the mixture is mixed add the slug of Gin, stir again, then give it a brief shake and serve double strained in a chilled Martini Glass.”