Cinema and booze go together like peanut butter and jelly, but there are certain movie cocktails that any film lover should know. These cocktails aren’t just for getting drunk, they exist to pay tribute to the movies that helped popularize them. Every time you down one of these libations, you are celebrating the memory of celluloid superiority. So get your highball glass ready and check out these three movie cocktails that any film lover should know.
The White Russian, featured in “The Big Lebowski”
The Dude is a cinema icon, and this cult film has cemented its place in pop culture history. But Jeffrey Lebowski wouldn’t have been the same if he hadn’t constantly been toting around his favorite cocktail. We love this cocktail…that’s the royal “we.”
To make a White Russian you will need:
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
- 1 oz. light cream or milk
- Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice. Just don’t spill any on the rug…it really ties the room together.
- Add light cream to fill glass. The cream is essential, even if you have to find the closest Ralphs to buy some, and pay for it with a check.
- Stir gently and enjoy. And if someone forces you into the back of a limousine while you’re drinking it, make sure you remind them “Hey man, there’s a beverage here!”
The Stinger, featured in “High Society”
This drink was a favorite among the Las Vegas crowd, and its fans included luminaries such as “Rat Pack” members Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, who downed it along with Bing Crosby in “High Society.” No film lover should be without it. Be a little more Dexter instead of George and live life in the fastlane with this cocktail.
To make a stinger you will need:
- 1 1/2 oz. of brandy
- 1/2 of creme de menthe
- Shake ingredients with ice. Shake it until it’s as cold as Tracy Lord and her Newport Socialite friends. That’s damn cold.
- Strain into a cocktail glass. Sure, you could use any old glass, but you know the “Chairman of the Board” keeps it classy. It’s witchcraft, baby.
- Garnish with a mint leaf. If you don’t dig the mint leaf, you must be the new fella around here, chum.
The Vesper, featured in “Casino Royale“
Taken straight from pages of Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel of the same name, this drink is as sharp as 007 himself. You can’t consider yourself a film lover if you don’t indulge in the occasional James Bond movie cocktail, right?
To make a vesper you will need:
- 3 oz. Gordon’s gin
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Kina Lillet Blanc wine
- Shake all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice until chilled. This drink should always be prepared “shaken, not sitrred,” of course. Say it with a Scottish accent for added coolness.
- Strain into a deep champage goblet. The goblet is a necessity for this one, so even if you have to go through Odd Job, Jaws, and Dr. No, make sure you get one.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon peel. Bonus points if you can get Octopussy to help you with this final step.
There you go, cinemaphiles. These are the three movie cocktails any film lover should know. Drink up, be merry, and celebrate your movie icons in the best way possible-with booze!