Feminine Flavours

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we’ve made a list of famous drinks and dishes inspired by charming ladies. Because yes, women have inspired many great things throughout history – here are some of the most delicious ones!


Victoria Sponge Cake

Among the many things that were named after Queen Victoria, one is this popular dessert. The perfect mixture of flour, sugar and eggs is a universal favourite of many around the globe. As the legend has it, the Queen was also a huge fan of the spongy dessert.


An American dish that is often mistakenly thought to be Italian as its name has something to do with Luisa Tetrazzini, the famous Italian opera soprano: it is said that the star was a long-time resident of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, where the meal was supposedly created.

Bloody Mary

The ultimate solution of horrible headaches (due to hangover), the cocktail, made of tomato juice and vodka, has two stories with regard to its name: one says that it was inspired by Mary Pickford, while another theory suggests that the label relates to Queen Mary I of England, bearing the same nickname.

Marie Biscuit

You can find this common equipment of tea time around each household, though you might not know that it was actually named after Maria Alexandrovna, the Duchess of Edinburgh, the only surviving child of Tsar Alexander II of Russia.

Granny Smith

The juicy, delicious apple kind originates from Australia. It was planted and grown by Marie Ana Smith, or as she was often called Granny Smith. Her apples quickly became popular in the area as she was selling them at Sydney’s George Street market every week.


There is a lot debate about who the popular combination of tequila, triple sec and lemon or lime was named after. One of the theories suggest that the drink was named after Rita Hayworth, whose real name was Margarita Cansino.


Magnificent Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova was the source of inspiration: this sweet, crispy dessert was meant to honour the extraordinarily talented beauty on one of her tours in Australia.

Peach Melba or Melba Toast

These delicacies were inspired by one of the most acclaimed opera singers of the late Victorian era, Dame Nellie Melba. Both of them were created by French chef Auguste Escoffier who became completely mesmerized by the artist during her stays at the Savoy Hotel, London.

Margherita Pizza

The famous pizza made with tomato base, mozzarella cheese and basil was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy. It is said that the idea of the popular topic came to life when Queen Margherita visited the Royal Palace of Capodimonte in Naples, Italy. The recipe was created to honour attendance.