Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, MUBI… tell us your favorite streaming service, we’ll tell you what drink goes best with it
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May 29, 2020
10 January 2019
Netflix: the most popular and beloved platform
Who would have thought only six or seven years ago that what started out as a DVD rental site would become the streaming giant that changed the way we watch forever? By basically inventing binge-watching, Netflix has turned almost all of its new releases into overnight global pop culture phenomena. Notable titles include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown, Chef’s Table, Black Mirror, Making a Murderer, and the infamous Tiger King. The catalogue also features thousands of other original titles and reruns, including TV shows, cartoons, sitcoms, feature films, documentaries, stand-up specials and talk shows. Perfect for endless scrolling when you don’t know what you want to watch, or if you just want something familiar playing in the background.
Netflix as a cocktail:
A vibrant and cool Negroni: an all-time favorite that’s easy to make and always hits the spot.
HBO: the elite class of streaming services
When we talk about epic TV productions with big names and colossal budgets, our mind immediately goes to HBO, the ultimate network for the series connoisseur. HBO Now’s catalogue might be smaller in comparison to its above and below competitors, but it’s made up for it so far thanks to a hall of fame of award-winning series like Game of Thrones, Westworld, Big Little Lies, The Wire and Succession. And with the launch of HBO Max this month, it is set to be filled with 10,000 more hours of HBO content, past and current Warner Bros. titles, and compelling original creations. How’s that for a power move?
HBO as a cocktail:
A stiff and classy Old Fashioned: like the endless wait in between seasons (or episodes), the time it takes to mix this classic to perfection is always worth it – and is what makes it taste that much sweeter.
Amazon Prime Video: the rising contender
If that hit movie or series everyone’s raving about isn’t on Netflix, then it’s probably on Amazon Prime Video. It’s becoming an increasingly tight race, with the latter coming a close second thanks to a strong and growing catalogue of popular movies and TV shows (including award-winning original creations). With new movies like Midsommar and Lady Bird, old movies like Some Like it Hot and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and beloved shows such as The Sopranos, Vikings, Schitt’s Creek, Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, there really is something for everyone.
Amazon Prime Video as a cocktail:
A bright and refreshing Tom Collins: timeless, popular, easy to whip up and even easier to drink. Just simple, quality ingredients, perfectly mixed – which happens to also be the recipe for any great movie or TV show.
Disney+: the best gift for your inner child (and your actual ones too)
Let’s face it, every one of us would have dreamed of having something like Disney+ growing up. Imagine getting all the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content you could ask for, on demand? From timeless to newer classics, from the wonders of this world to faraway galaxies and the realm of superheroes, Disney’s universe has massively expanded since our younger days (dare we say, to infinity and beyond?). And we have to say, just like children in a candy store, we couldn’t be happier.
Disney+ as a cocktail:
Any one of these indulgent, creamy sweet dessert cocktails… and some chocolate milk for the kids 😉
MUBI: the Netflix of cult, classic, and independent films
Born as a social network for cinephiles, MUBI has grown into a successful platform with an ever-changing selection of carefully curated films. Each day a new gem enters the catalogue, staying on for 30 days only. The best way to discover stellar creations, old and new, from around the world – and a much better option to impress your date than plain old Netflix and chill (no offense, Netflix).
MUBI as a cocktail:
We found that these adapt quite nicely to other movies in the same respective genres. Or, if you want to live your full French intellectual fantasy, a really nice glass of wine.