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5 Classic Cocktail Movie Scenes

We might be biased but we love a good cocktail on the weekend, and sometimes in the week! Rarely is there time but we also love a good film. So for all you film buffs out there we thought we have a quick scout around the Exquisite Cocktails team and rack our brains to see if we can remember classic cocktail movie scenes.

 

 

1. The Vesper

 Absolutely no prizes for guessing the first film that came to mind when thinking of cocktails, “007” was an obvious winner. Getting beyond the who’s the best Bond debate is the Bond signature cocktail: The Martini. “Shaken, not stirred” is arguably Bond’s most famous line.

In the Casino Royale (2006), Daniel Craig’s James Bond goes back to his roots by ordering a Vesper. (The tipple is Bond’s first signature drink in Ian Fleming’s original novel.) Just before the big poker game starts, Bond asks for “three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice and add a thin slice of lemon peel.” Three of his competitors promptly ask for the same, one adding: “keep the fruit.” Bond – we salute you!

 

2. Red Eye 

“Can you throw it like Tom Cruise” is a question we often get! So not surprising Exquisite Cocktails team would pick a whole film dedicated to the glamour and glitz of what we do,  though shockingly, a few of the girls on the Exquisite Cocktails team  claim not to have seen one of Tom Cruise’s early hit, Cocktail (1998).

As we educate and enlighten some of our young team members on this gripping storyline: Tom play’s an ex-soldier that tries to get a marketing job, but when he realizes he needs a college degree, he finds work as a bartender, an alternative career in which he successfully executes one of the most famous bar tending scenes in the history of film, the last barman poet as the ultimate flairer. 

 

 

 

 

 It’s innuendo city as Tom Cruises uses cocktail names as his flirtatious chat up lines, the film’s signature cocktails is the ‘Red Eye,” a purported hangover cure-all, is a mix of Lager, tomato juice, and egg. If that’s not appetizing, you may just want to stick with coffee.

 

 3. Whisky Chaser

 We couldn’t remember if there were any cocktails actually drunken in this British film or drinking five different spirits at the same time constitutes as a cocktail?  It such a classic film, the eighties cult classic Withnail & I (1989) made our number three.

Based on two unemployed actors who live in squalor and drink themselves silly. The Withnail and I approach cocktails is the placing an array of drinks on the table, from gin to red wine, and drinking them in quick succession. This has become the basis of the popular drinking game based on the movie in which participants try to match Withnail drink-for-drink. Lighter fuel is an optional extra, reserved for the film enthusiasts.

 

4. White Russian

 Keeping up with ‘The Dude’ Who drinks White Russians throughout the film The Big Lebowski (1998) has inspired many people to do the same!   The New York Times ran an article last year attributing the resurgence of this almost exclusively to this film’s cult success.   The White Russian is named after an anti-Bolshevik group from the Russian Civil War, the Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1965 newspaper from Oakland, California as the drinker’s first mention. Popular in the late ‘70s, it became uncommon until The Dude revived it.

A White Russian is a classic creamy cocktail that is made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream, milk or half and half. It is typically served in an Old-Fashioned (or rocks) glass over ice. The vodka and coffee liqueur are first poured into a glass that has been filled with ice, and then the drink is topped off with milk or half and half. The finished drink is usually not stirred, as the dark Kahlua and the vodka should rest on the bottom of the glass below the milk or half and half.

 

5. ’Sweet Vermouth on the rocks with twist’

 No two day are every the same! We are very lucky at Exquisite cocktails that we provide so many different types of themed bars and bespoke event menu’s, no event is ever the same. When practicing your lines to order a smooth cocktail, the hilarious Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (1993) gets plenty of practice!

During the day that Bill Murray has to repeat over and over again, he takes Andie MacDowell to a bar. At first, he orders a Jim Beam on the rocks, a solid drink for any man. She orders ‘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, though each day he keeps slipping up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 There’s a bit of an in-joke here, since sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist was said to be the favourite drink of writer/director Harold Ramis’ wife. Italian in its origin, sweet—or red—vermouth is a slightly spicy fortified wine flavoured with botanicals. In North America, it’s sometimes enjoyed as an apéritif.

From Bond cocktail themed parties to brand launches Exquisite Cocktails offer the very best in mixologist, flairers, bar hire and much more.  Have look at our brochure to find out more!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How do you throw the best office Christmas party?

Want a festive celebration for your staff or clients that’s a bit different this year? Find out why Exquisite Cocktail Masterclasses are the ideal Christmas party choice.

The office Christmas party is a wonderful way to show appreciation for employees and co workers. A festive celebration Christmas party with cocktails is definitely fun and colourful. An Exquisite Cocktail masterclass solves the conundrum of pleasing everybody as a cocktail party offers yummy drinks, entertainment and get-involved activities all rolled into one.

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Built In Success

The office Christmas party is a great time to celebrate that another year of success and growth and possibly challenges faced as a team has been shared. Cocktails are the mark of a special occasion that reinforces the message of more than just a ‘’good job’’ and is a memorable way to drink to all of those shared moment with the ‘second family’. Depending on the size of your company or department you can even add a branded bar and welcoming hostesses to mark the occasion and give your team the ‘special VIP treatment’.

Hands On Fun

Now this isn’t a reference to grabbing your colleague after the fifth champagne cocktail.  
Though quick fact for you, research shows that more than a million people have turned up to work the next day wearing the same clothes as the day before – doing the work ‘walk of shame’ after the staff Christmas party, so bring a bag of fresh clothes to the office and no one will be any the wiser!

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Now, imagine the scenario, it’s 10am Christmas day, the Christmas PJ’s are still on, the Turkey is roasting perfectly, and you turn to your loved ones with “Who fancies a lychee Martini, a classic Caipirinha or a Evergreen Swizzle?”  as you pull some mint leaves from your sleeve and crack some ice with your elbow.
These winter warmer cocktails go down nicely in all ways. An Exquisite Cocktails masterclass provides  the opportunity for everybody to get their hands on mixing, shaking, throwing and hopefully catching cocktails shakers and spirit bottles.

Exquisite Cocktails mixologist’s work for some of the biggest brands around the UK and Europe to entertain and showcase cocktails as premier experience. You’ll get to experience first hand some coaching from our expert mixologists as you share each other’s cocktail creations and learn thing or two about what makes a beautiful cocktail.

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Nothing To Prepare

Maybe you’ve been tasked with the job of ringing round bars, caterers, taking office Google polls on who likes traditional, buffet or Pizza, pinning taxi routes, hassling the boss for his credit card and quite frankly spending more time doing a good impression of Anne Diamond on ‘points of view’ as you skill-fully handle the good, the bad and ugly of ideas of office parties.

Well no need to put any ice cubes on as one of reasons why masterclasses are so naturally popular round this time of year is that Exquisite Cocktails bring everything for you. They bring the equipment, the drinks, the ingredients, the host, the set up AND deliver a fun that is an all inclusive experience. What a relief ! This year an office party that isn’t hard work!

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Santa is in town

Exquisite Cocktails prides themselves on Masterclasses that  guarantees office and team parties go down in company history as one of the greats! From 25 to 250 to 2,000 people, in the office or a special location they love to ensure that every masterclass will have your colleagues swept of their feet with laughter quicker than Santa can say “Take me to the stars Rudolph!”. Prices start from only £35pp to help you throw the best office cocktail party ever.  For further information on packages and services across the UK call Exquisite Cocktails on 01865 366 276 today. 

 

 

 

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Exquisite Cocktails have the pleasure of working with high-end brand, companies and organisation across the UK. On their travels Exquisite Cocktails have created themed bars and brought branded drinks to many different types in sizes of venues.  
Here are six cocktail venues perfect to celebrate any occasion. 

Spencer House, London

Spencer House was built 1756-66 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales. Spencer House own website states that the house was “ the most ambitious aristocratic town houses ever built in London and is, today, the city’s only great eighteenth-century private palace to survive intact.” Situated in the heart of St. James’s, Spencer House is a short distance from Buckingham Palace and regular opens it doors to visitor. Exquisite Cocktails had the opportunity to host an event for Standard Bank, the largest bank group in South Africa.  Spencer House’s backdrop and lavishly decorated rooms make the venue a prime location for corporate events.

Brocket Hall, Welwyn

This 13th Century estates that boosts two golf courses and seven smaller listed building within the grounds of the main house. Brocket Hall is a tall red brick neoclassical house in a fine landscape setting with a Palladian bridge. The interior of the house is mostly not on a grand scale but the exceptions are the main staircase and the Grand Saloon that was decorated specifically for entertaining royalty. Exquisite Cocktails were very pleased to be part of an corporate event to ensure the drinks matched the location – exquisite!

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The Egg, London

As highlighted in our recent blog post on ISES UK event that was hosted at the underground club The Egg.  The rotation of global DJ’s spinning the metaphoric ‘wheels of steel’ most weekends and is firmly established in the London nightlife scene, Egg London has also proved itself as a successful corporate venue, playing host to many different private functions from intimate product launches with external garden and bar areas available for hire. Exquisite Cocktails recently provided hostess, Galacto bar, mixologist masterclasses and flairers with bespoke drinks on the night ensuring everybody was entertained.

Royal Exchange, London

The Royal Exchange in London was founded in the 16th century by the merchant Thomas Gresham to act as a centre of commerce for the City of London. The original Royal Exchange building was completely destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. As part of his rebuilding of London, Charles II laid the first foundation stone for the second exchange to be built on the site.  The present Royal Exchange building, opened by Queen Victoria in 1844, was designed by the English architect Sir William Tite. The Royal Exchange  has a range of additional event spaces to suit all requirements; both the Mezzanine Lounges and Courtyard spaces can be hired without shutting the venue exclusively and provide a stunning backdrop for corporate and private function parties.

The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey

 The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey offers a charming location for cocktail events. A classic yet contemporary facilities, the Sculpture Gallery offers private gardens, overlooking the Camellia lake makes for a beautiful location. Woburn Abbey is a historic house on the border of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. The early 17th Century estate is home to host to weddings, concerts, corporate and private functions.  Exquisite Cocktails have previously provided their mixologist and a bespoke bar  at the Sculpture Gallery catering cocktails and champagne for a truly memorable event.  

The Ice Tank, London

The Ice Tank is a premier and very futuristic looking event space in Covent Garden. The space is perfectly designed for cocktail parties and can cater for private functions, fine dining, press releases and launch parties.  The Ice Tank has 2500 sq ft space spread over two levels with 12 x 12ft door access into the main area of the studio.

Amenities include wi-fi, stereo system, two plasma screens, an HD projector and even a fireplace. When Exquisite Cocktails were asked to host a bar for a VIP product launch the team flairers and mixologists brought their the lighters and talents for a truly jaw but not glass dropping show serving flaming shot, bespoke cocktails and champagne with canopies.  Part of Exquisite Cocktails core service is that within any proposal there is a strategy that sees the aesthetics of each venue to bring about a perfect solution for each event to create a truly exquisite cocktail experience. 

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Working events is what Exquisite Cocktails do best because they know that clients want to dress to impress when it comes to hosting their event and that includes everything from the canopies to the drinks. Having worked with many multinational and high-end brands for cocktail events they have become a customised to delivering bespoke packages so each event is met with totally unique solutions that bring the best out in creativity and experience.

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ISES UK AGM: The International Special Events Society UK (ISES UK) 2014 AGM. ISES is an association that provides a platform for the best practitioners in the creative event industry to connect and share ideas. The UK 2014 AGM is an opportunity to celebrate with awards and outline ambitious plans for the coming year. Exquisite Cocktails were asked for to provide a cocktail events  bar and entertainment service.

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 The Venue:

This year ISES UK AGM event was hosted at the London premier underground club ‘The Egg’. The venue is home to leading nights in house and electro across its three rooms and garden area. The club has a reputation for detail in music and decor and is a very sexy venue, perfect for delivering a fun and exciting cocktail experience.

The Service:

Exquisite Cocktails always work with their clients to understand the style of the event how best to utilise the venue space. With a proposal for the AGM, Exquisite Cocktails brought a full team to the ISES UK event to deliver the following : 

Hostess:

Two hostesses (twins) welcoming all and offering luxurious canapes such a bramble jelly served on decorative trays.

Flair Bar:

Exquisite Cocktails only work with fresh ingredients, providing an experience that’s creative and entertaining for all of their clients. The bar was hosted by two mixologists and two flairers serving a bespoke menu of drinks created especially for the night.

Gelato Bar:

Gelato, the Italian ice cream made in a traditional way, the bar ran with Exquisite’s own Gelato technician with a support team serving delicious alcoholic ice-creams and sorbets throughout the night.

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Cocktail Masterclasses

“Everyday is a school day” doesn’t get better than this as groups of twenty were expertly guided by an Exquisite Cocktails mixologist. Step by step, premier cocktails were made from fresh ingredients for the group to see how it’s done then have a go making it for themselves to enjoy, with very happy ‘students’ by the end each class.

Molecular Podiums

Creating exquisite cocktails is science as much as it is an art. Welcome to the science park of cocktails with the molecular podiums. This is where cocktails were deconstructed, with a mixologist serving members on the night as they got to play. At each podium they were enticed to taste, lick and pop all different elements of famous cocktails.

The Feedback

On the night the fun and experience delight the ISES members and organisers with so many stations of cocktail experiences. With many compliments on the night, the follow up on social media went wild with praise for Exquisite Cocktails providing such a memorable experience for all. ISES has since booked Exquisite Cocktails for their next event, there Halloween party on the 30th of October, where Exquisite Cocktails will be serving another ‘masterclass’ and serving ‘frighteningly good’ cocktails.  Don’t miss out on giving your event the very best, contact Exquisite Cocktails today on 01865 366 275 to find out more.

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Whenever people come to us and ask for a typical pricing structure we always find it difficult to respond; we have, and always will, sell ourselves as a bespoke service provider. The word “bespoke” however is not one that we are overly fond of; it’s a word that is used all too freely nowadays, and seems to have almost lost its meaning. In our case it would be wrong to sell ourselves as a bespoke service if all we were doing was changing the menu at each event and selling the same packages around it. It’s for this reason that we have adopted the attitude that there is no request too big for us to try and meet.

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From start to finish we tailor our packages to the client offering a range of options that will make their event both exactly as they want it and memorable at the same time. Our bartenders craft unique cocktails to our customers wants, our sommelier consultants will provide wines to perfectly compliment any menu, our ice company can do near enough anything you want given enough time, and our bars can be organised to fit with any theme.

Take for example our Music on the Hill event that we did in July this year: a charity festival organised to support three very worthy causes with a list of celebrities as long as your arm performing. We had undertaken the VIP bar for the three festival days and found ourselves in a rather impressive marquee that had a 45 degree view of the stage. The whole VIP marquee was to be furnished by Karen Millen OBE, but no one knew what her grand plan was for the area. After a meeting with Karen it was decided that the theme for the area was to be a ‘colonial’ one: unsure of what this meant exactly, we thought we ought to do some research and head to the drawing board to design something suitable.

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The idea we came up with was a 6m wooden panel bar with a cushioned leather rail as it seemed to fit with the leather armchairs and bamboo tables Karen had picked out. Once we’d made our decision we spent hours carefully designing the bar exactly how we wanted it and drawing it up so our shop-fitters could get to work with no confusion. Closely overseeing the project from start to finish we watched our designs come to life. We couldn’t have been happier with the finished product, and were especially pleased when it got the thumbs up from Karen. In the marquee it sat along the back wall of the tent as the focal piece of the room, and served its purpose more than sufficiently during the event, including when the Crystal Palace cheerleaders came to mix up a few drinks.

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Our bars are something we pride ourselves on and we aim to make sure that they fit in with any event we do; there is genuinely no request too big for us to consider.

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We at Exquisite Cocktails are part of a group called “The International Events Society” or “ISES” for short. ISES put on monthly events for its members providing them with creative content, great opportunities to network, and above all, a bit of light mid-week entertainment. As members we like to do our bit, so organised the bar for one of the latest talks they were putting on at The Music Rooms in Mayfair. Working alongside Agogo’s Caterers who were serving some amazing African food, we put on a small menu of cocktails for all of the guests.

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Whilst listening to inspirational speaker and self-proclaimed “idea’s man” Shed Simove tell us how he once changed his name to God, and recount the tales of all the whacky yet successful inventions he has put to market, our bartenders served up a list of our favourite cocktails. We even took our flairer Chris along to provide some entertainment in between talks. The night was a great success for all involved.

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