Harry MacElhone

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Harry MacElhone (1890 – 1958) was an early 20th century bartender, most famous for his role at Harry's New York Bar in Paris, which he bought in 1923.[1]

MacElhone was born in Dundee, Scotland, on 16 June 1890,[2] He began working at Ciro's Club in London after World War I and published Harry of Ciro's ABC of Mixing Cocktails in 1921. Ciro's is also where he began working on his earliest version of the White Lady which included gin, Crème de menthe, Triple sec and lemon juice.[3]

He also published Barflies and Cocktails, and later worked at the Plaza Hotel in New York. He is often credited with inventing many other cocktails,[2] including the Bloody Mary, the Sidecar, the Monkey Gland,[4] the Boulevardier,[5] and an early form of the French 75. As of 2022, his descendants continued to run Harry's New York Bar.[6]


  1. ^ "Andrew MacElhone Dies". New York Daily News. 20 September 1996.
  2. ^ a b Rob Chirico, Field Guide to Cocktails p. 66 and 189, 2005 by Quirk Productions. ISBN 1-59474-063-1
  3. ^ Williams, Olivia (2014). Gin Glorious Gin:How Mother's Ruin Became the Spirit of London. London: Headline Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4722-1534-5.
  4. ^ Wondrich, David (5 November 2007). "White Lady". Esquire.com.
  5. ^ Cecchini, Toby (2 February 2012). "Case Study: The Boulevardier". New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  6. ^ "The famous Harry's Bar sets up in Cannes - Luxury Hospitality Magazine". Retrieved 31 October 2022.