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Part 2: Iconic drinks from films

By Amber Rolt on 2/07/14 10:00 AM

The Big Lebowski – White Russian

The resurgence of this classic drink is all down to this Cohen Brothers cult hit. It was first popular in the 70s, and then died down until The Dude revived it. It’s the best known movie cocktail since the James Bond martini.


2 oz vodka
1 oz Kahlua (or other coffee-flavored liqueur)
1 oz light cream

You can use milk or cream depending on your personal preference. Serve over ice.

Casino Royale – The Vesper

The Vesper is Bond author Ian Fleming’s invention, and while the drink is still relatively unknown, the fact that it is served “shaken, not stirred” is a household phrase. Daniel Craig orders one in prequel Casino Royale, saying: “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.” On the fly, he names it after double agent Vesper Lynd. “Because of the bitter aftertaste?” she asks. “No, because once you’ve tasted it, that’s all you want to drink,” he answers.


3 oz London dry gin
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc

Shake (not stir) the ingredients with ice until chilled, and serve with a thin slice of lemon peel. As Bond says in Fleming’s original novel: “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made.”


Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Rum and Pineapple


Poor Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) heads to Hawaii to try and mend his broken heart, only to end up in the same resort as his ex-girlfriend who is there with her new boy toy, played by Russell Brand. To drown his sorrows while stuck on the island he drinks rum and pineapple juice at the beach bar. One night he has too many, and reception have to call his room in the morning due to complaints of hearing sounds of “a woman crying” coming from his room.


3oz dark rum

one can of pineapple juice

Lime slices for garnish

Mix over ice and serve in a tall glass. Miniature umbrellas are optional.