Booze and films go together. Here are the best and most unique drinks from cinema history.
1. Groundhog Day- Sweet Vermouth on the Rocks With a Twist
Bill Murray has to repeat his day over and over again, he takes Andie MacDowell to a bar and he orders a Jim Beam on the rocks, a solid drink for any man. She orders a Sweet Vermouth on the Rocks with a Twist and then launches into a monologue about how it makes her think of Rome. The next time Murray orders her drink and impresses her by launching into the same reasoning.
· Sweet vermouth
· Lemon wedge
· Fill a double old-fashioned cocktail glass with ice. Pour the vermouth, stir and twist lemon over the glass. Serve with the lemon twist as garnish.
2. The Nutty Professor (original film) Alaskan Polar Bear Heater
Buddy Love, Professor Julius Kelp’s alter ego, orders this at a bar. Of course, the bartender has never heard of it. While the movie meant it to be a joke, the drink has actually entered drink culture. Despite its annoying ingredients and bitter taste, it’s drinkable. It gets points for originality, but honestly it’s not that tasty.
· 2 shots of vodka
· A little rum
· Some bitters
· Smidgen of vinegar
· Shot of vermouth
· Shot of gin
· A little brandy
· Lemon peel
· Orange peel
· More scotch
· Mix it nice
· Pour it over ice in a tall glass.
3. Cocktail Red-Eye
From the most pivotal bar movie of the ‘80s comes this doozy. When Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) walks in to ask for a bartending job, Doug is mixing up a Red-Eye. Later, when Flanagan is trying to cure a hangover with pizza, his mentor explains the ingredients. Various drinks use the name, but it’s conceivable that Cocktail launched this variation into the world. It actually does help hangovers, as long as the egg doesn’t make you too nauseous.
· 1 oz vodka
· 6 oz tomato juice
· 1 can of beer
· 1 raw egg
· Into a tall frosty mug, pour the vodka and tomato juice. Pour in the beer and then crack the egg into it. Do not stir.
4. The Seven Year Itch Whisky Sours
This film has one of the most iconic images from all of cinema: Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate as her dress is blown up. The film also features the best recipe for a breakfast of champions, a peanut butter sandwich and two Whisky Sours.”
· 1 1/2 oz bourbon (or rye, or Irish whiskey)
· 1 1/2 oz lemon juice, fresh squeezed
· 1/2 - 3/4 tsp sugar
· Orange slice
· Maraschino cherry
· Shake with ice and serve over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with the cherry and orange slice.
5. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Old Fashioned
One of the first drinks to be called a cocktail, it dates back to the turn of the 19th century.
· 2 oz bourbon
· 2 dashes bitters
· 1 splash water
· 1 tsp sugar
· 1 cherry
· 1 orange wedge
· Serve over ice in a short round tumbler glass, then garnish with the cherry and orange wedge.
6. Bonfire Of The Vanities Sidecar
The exact origin of the Sidecar is unknown, but it appears to originate around World War I in either London or Paris. One story credits its invention to an American Army captain in Paris, who rode in a motorcycle sidecar to and from the bistro where he drank.
· 1 ½ oz Courvoisier VSOP
· 1 oz Triple Sec
· 1 oz lemon juice
· Lemon slice
· Granulated sugar
· Wet the rim of a cocktail glass and dip it in the sugar. Combine the first three ingredients with ice in a shaker. Pour everything into a martini glass and garnish with lemon.
7. Casablanca French 75
A bulldog of a cocktail, it gets its name from the 75-millimeter M1897, a light but gnarly gun that became the mainstay of the French field artillery in World War I. Some sources say American World War I flying ace Raoul Lufbery created the drink after complaining his champagne needed more kick. More than two of these delights and you’ll be kicking down your ex-girlfriend’s door.
· 2 oz London dry gin or cognac
· 1.5 oz of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
· 5 oz of chilled champagne
· 1 tsp. superfine sugar
· 1/2 oz lemon juice
· Shake with ice, except the champagne, in a chilled cocktail shaker. Pour into a Collins glass half full of ice and top off with champagne.
8. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas Singapore Sling
The drink was invented in Singapore at the Raffles Hotel around 1910. This original recipe fell into disuse, but decades later the hotel did their best to recreate it from interviews and found notes.
· 1 1/2 oz gin
· 1/2 oz Cherry Liqueur
· 1/4 oz Cointreau
· 1/4 oz Benedictine
· 1/3 oz grenadine
· 1/2 oz lime juice
· 4 oz pineapple juice
· Dash of bitters
· Serve over ice in a highball glass with a maraschino cherry, pineapple chunk and orange slice.
9. The Big Lebowski White Russian
Named after an anti-Bolshevik group from the Russian Civil War, the Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1965 newspaper from Oakland, California as the drink’s first mention. Popular in the late ‘70s, it became uncommon until “The Dude” revived it.
· 2 oz vodka
· 1 oz Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur
· 1 oz light cream
10. Casino Royale Vesper
This began the “shaken, not stirred” craze, but the Vesper is still relatively unknown. 007orders one Casino Royale. On the fly, he names it after double agent Vesper Lynd. “Because once you've tasted it, that's all you want to drink.”
· 3 oz London dry gin
· 1 oz vodka
· 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
· Shake with ice until chilled, and serve with a thin slice of lemon peel in a deep champagne goblet.