Movie night: 7 iconic cocktails and the classics that made them famous

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Apr 17, 2020

Movie night: 7 iconic cocktails and the classics that made them famous
Ever dreamt of putting yourself in your favorite movie character’s shoes? This fun activity will bring you one step closer.

Spice up your next movie night at home by mixing the movie’s signature cocktail beforehand.

Ready? Turn off the lights, sit back, relax, and enjoy the immersive, multi sensory experience. 

Take a look at the list below for some inspiration.

1.Vesper Martini, Casino Royale

To recreate Mr Bond’s favorite tipple, simply combine gin, vodka, Lillet and a lemon peel as a garnish. Make sure it’s shaken, not stirred.


What you need

  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Cocktail glass (you can use a wine glass in a pinch)
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Combine 2 oz / 6 cl gin with 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl vodka and 1/4 oz / 0,75 cl Lillet Blanc into an ice-filled shaker (if you don’t have one, just use a jar). Shake well until chilled and strain into your cold cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin lemon twist.

2. Mai Tai, Blue Hawaii

Embark on a trip to tropical paradise to the sultry tunes of Elvis Presley in this 1961 classic. You can almost feel the ocean breeze as you sip on a timeless Mai Tai made with white and dark rum, Curaçao, orgeat syrup, and lime juice.


What you need

  • White rum
  • Dark rum
  • Orange Curaçao
  • Orgeat syrup
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Old Fashioned glass or equivalent
  • Mint sprig and spent lime shell for garnish

Combine 1 1/3 oz / 4 cl white rum with 2/3 oz / 2 cl dark rum, 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl orange Curaçao, 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl orgeat syrup and 1/3 oz / 1 cl freshly squeezed lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into your glass on the rocks. Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves and your lime shell flesh side down, forming a little dome (it should look like an island with a palm tree ?️ ).

3. White Russian, The Big Lebowski

Accompanying The Dude in nearly every scene of The Big Lebowski is the White Russian. It’s the perfect blend of Kahlua, vodka and cream (or half and half if you want that extra touch of authenticity!).


What you need

  • Vodka
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Fresh cream (or half and half, like in the movie)
  • Old Fashioned glass

Pour 1 2/3 oz / 5 cl vodka and 2/3 oz / 2 cl coffee liqueur into your ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Pour 1 oz / 3 cl fresh cream on top and stir gently. The Dude abides.

4. Manhattan, Some Like It Hot

The strong and sumptuous Manhattan is Marilyn Monroe’s refreshment of choice in the 1959 cult film Some Like It Hot. Whether you prefer to use a cocktail shaker or a hot water bottle à la Monroe, you’ll need angostura bitters, whiskey and sweet vermouth. Top it off with a maraschino cherry; you’ll be as sweet as Sugar.


What you need

  • Whiskey (rye, bourbon or blended)
  • Sweet red vermouth
  • A few drops of angostura bitters
  • Cocktail glass (or just use a wine glass if you don’t have one)
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour 1 1/3 oz / 4 cl whiskey, 2/3 oz / 2 cl sweet red vermouth and 4 to 5 drops of angostura bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir vigorously with a spoon. Strain into your previously chilled cocktail glass, garnish and enjoy.

5. Orange Whip, The Blues Brothers

Made popular by this soulful movie, this wacky, milkshakey combination of orange juice, vodka, rum and cream is flamboyant, to say the least. Not found on the average bar menu, you’ll need to hold onto your hat when treating yourself to this sweet and stiff creation.


What you need

  • White rum
  • Vodka
  • Orange juice
  • Cream
  • Collins glass (or just a tall water glass will do)
  • Blender or hand blender

Blend 4 oz / 12 cl orange juice, 1 oz / 3 cl rum, 1 oz / 3 cl vodka and 2 oz / 6 cl cream until frothy, about 30 seconds. Pour over ice in your Collins glass and stir. Now that’s our kind of milkshake.

6. French 75, Casablanca

As bittersweet as this movie’s ending, the French 75 is a mixture of lemon juice, gin and sugar syrup. Topped with a splash of champagne, this cocktail reflects the titillating yet tumultuous relationship between Rick and Ilsa. Named after an artillery gun used by the French in World War I, this cocktail is nothing but passion and drama. 


What you need

  • Gin
  • Champagne
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Champagne flute
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Combine 1 oz / 3 cl gin, 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl lemon juice and 1/2 oz / 1,5 cl simple syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is cold, about 20 seconds.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute, top up with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

7. Red Eye, Cocktail

A hangover cure for many, the Red Eye, from Tom Cruise’s classic movie Cocktail, isn’t for the faint hearted. If anyone could convince us to try this mixture of vodka, tomato juice, beer and a raw egg, it would be 1980’s Tom Cruise and his swish bartending skills.


What you need

  • Beer
  • Vodka
  • Tomato juice
  • Raw egg (optional)
  • Large glass or mug

In a large frosted glass or beer mug, pour 1 oz / 3 cl vodka and 6 oz / 18 cl tomato juice. Top with 1 can of cold beer and crack your egg inside. Do not stir. If you feel like the raw egg thing might be too much for you, skip it. Better yet, cook a batch of them instead and serve this drink over brunch. The original recipe doesn’t call for it but you could absolutely spice it up like you would a Bloody Mary or a Michelada. How’s that for a hangover cure?

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