There is this amazing scene in Crazy, Stupid, Love where Ryan Gosling makes an Old Fashioned before seducing Emma Stone. It’s at the moment when the sugar cube begins to dissolve that it stops being about the drink and starts being about, well, romance.
Movie mixology, AKA cocktails from the movies, add another dimension to the story. We all know how James Bond likes his martini. We all know the color of Carrie’s signature drink in Sex in the City. We all know what keeps the Dude going in The Big Lebowski.
I’ve gathered the recipes for 10 cocktails from 10 different movies. With the days of summer winding down, now is your chance to invite some friends over and try your hand at movie mixology. I’ve never had the famous cocktail from Casablanca, but I think that’s where I’m going to start! Check out these 10 cocktails from movie mixology:
1. Sex and the City: Cosmopolitan
When you think of Carrie and the girls, you instantly picture them with their signature pink drink, the Cosmo. I confess that I absolutely went through a Cosmopolitan phase. It was a gateway drink to a ridiculous moment with appletinis. I know.
40 ml Vodka Citron
15 ml Cointreau
15 ml Fresh lime juice
30 ml Cranberry juice
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and double strain into large cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.
2. Casablanca: French 75
In between asking Sam to play it again, Rick did a lot of drinking at Rick’s Café. His drink of choice was the French 75. I have never tried this drink, but after looking at the ratios of sugar to lemon to champagne, I feel that I really should.
1 oz gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar)
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine
Combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Fill with champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
3. The Blues Brothers: Orange Whip
John Candy decides to sit down and watch The Blues Brothers perform before arresting them. He orders himself and the state troopers with him Orange Whips. “Who wants an Orange Whip?” It sounds like a quirky, adult Orange Julius. I’ll take one!
4 oz (four parts) orange juice
1 oz (one part) rum
1 oz (one part) vodka
2 oz (two parts) cream
Blend briefly with hand blender. Pour ingredients over ice and stir.
4. Cocktail: Red Eye
Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in Cocktail had the answer for a hangover: the Red Eye. I am not a lager girl or a tomato juice gal, so this combination makes me a bit ill.
12 oz lager
6 oz tomato juice
Pour refrigerated tomato juice into a large frosted mug. Over tomato juice, pour cold beer. Do not stir. Crack egg, drop contents into mug. Do not stir. Discard eggshell, and serve.
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Singapore Sling
From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: “Twenty-four hours ago we were sitting in the Pogo Lounge of the Beverly Heights Hotel, in the patio section of course, drinking Singapore Slings with mescal on the side, hiding from the brutish realities of this foul year of Our Lord, nineteen-hundred and seventy one…”
This drink sounds sweet and fruity and dangerous.
40 ml (8 parts) Gin
20 ml (4 parts) Heering Cherry Liqueur (cherry brandy)
5 ml (1 part) Cointreau
5 ml (1 part) DOM Benedictine
10 ml (2 parts) Grenadine
80 ml (16 parts) Pineapple juice
30 ml (6 parts) Fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into hurricane glass. Garnish with pineapple and maraschino cherry.
6. The Seven Year Itch: Whiskey Sour
Tom Ewell plays Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch. In a heart to heart with Marilyn Monroe, he shares, “I’m perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had two peanut butter sandwiches and two whiskey sours.”
Wondrich from Esquire magazine remarks, “The whiskey sour is the fried-egg sandwich of American mixology: simple, dull, reliable in a pinch.”
45 ml (3 parts) Bourbon whiskey
30 ml (2 parts) fresh lemon juice
15 ml (1 part) Gomme syrup
Dash egg white (optional)
Shake with ice. Strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass to serve “on the rocks.”
7. The Big Lebowski: White Russian
Knox Harrington: So you’re Lebowski. Maudie’s told me all about you. She’ll be back in a moment, sit down. Would you like a drink?
The Dude: [as he sits down] Uh, yeah. White Russian?
Knox Harrington: The bar’s over there.
50 ml (5 parts) Vodka
20 ml (2 parts) Coffee liqueur
30 ml (3 parts) fresh cream
Pour coffee liqueur and vodka into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Float fresh cream on top and stir slowly.
8. Casino Royale: Vesper
“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. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.” -1953 novel, Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
Three measures 90-proof gin
One measure 100-proof Polish vodka
One-half measure Kina Lillet or Cocchi Americano
Shake over ice until well chilled, then strain into a deep goblet and garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel.
9. Crazy, Stupid, Love: Old Fashioned
Want to watch an Old Fashioned get made by Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love? Of course you do!
4.5 cl Bourbon or Rye whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
Few dashes plain water
Place sugar cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, and a cocktail cherry.
10. James Bond: Martini
When you think of James Bond you instantly think of a martini. And how does he like it? Of course, shaken, not stirred. (Want to drive a mixologist bonkers? Order your martini shaken.)
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz dry vermouth
Shake vodka and vermouth together with several ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an olive and serve.
All recipes, unless otherwise noted, are from International Bartenders Association.