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Part 1: Iconic drinks from films

By Amber Rolt on 1/07/14 10:00 AM

With everyone being on a budget these days, why not get your friends round for an evening of movies and cocktails. A recent study sampled 601 movies and found the use of alcohol in 92% of them. Some of the best drinks ideas come from films, and some of the best film ideas come from drinks. In a two part series, we pick out the top films that have drinking as a running theme, as well as the recipes for the character’s tipple.


Cocktail – Red Eye

From one of the most iconic 80s movies about drink is born the ultimate hangover cure: the Red Eye. Tom Cruise’s character Brian Flanagan learns how to mix this unlikely combination, where the key ingredient is a raw egg. He learns for himself that it’s a much better cure than pizza.


1 oz vodka
6 oz tomato juice
1 can of beer
1 raw egg

Pour the vodka and tomato juice into a tall frosty mug, then pour the beer and crack the egg into it without stirring and serve chilled.


Bonfire of the vanities – Sidecar

The film adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s novel, which is fuelled by the drinking and debauchery of New York City. When journalist Peter Fallow meets with Arthur, the husband of a gold digging southern belle who is meant to be off the source. He decides to drink anyway while his wife is in Italy, so he orders a Sidecar.


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 sugar. Add the first three ingredients with ice in a shaker, then pour everything into a martini glass and garnish with lemon.


Casablanca – French 75


The majority of the action in this classic all goes down at a bar called Rick’s, where they sip on French 75s all night long.


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 the ingredients with ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Then pour into a Collins glass half full of ice and top off with the champagne to finish.


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Singapore Sling

The film opens with the same quote as Hunter S Thompson’s original work, where the main character Raoul Duke recalls “sitting in the Pogo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel… in the patio section, of course, drinking Singapore Slings with mescal on the side.”


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 and garnish with a maraschino cherry, pineapple chunk and orange slice.