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.
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