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Ever since the dawn of the silver screen its idols have been seen enjoying cocktails, both on and off the screen.  The glamour and glitz of these larger than life movie stars has always added to the allure and pure escapism of the cocktail bar.  This week I'm celebrating some of my favourite drinks ever to appear on the big screen!  When thinking up this cinematic tribute there seemed an obvious place to start...

Red Eye - Cocktail (1988)

The movie is undoubtably a whole lot of fun, if in fact a huge departure from the book by Heywood Gould (well worth a read by the way!).  Being set in the 80's however means that the majority of the drinks made in the film are, shall we say, not classics!  However, amongst all the Friar Tuck's and Turquoise Blue's there is one drink that has stood the test of time, and has indeed bailed me out of a few sticky situations, I refer of course to the legendary Red Eye.

The name stems from the fact that it has a raw egg floating in tomato juice giving the appearance of a red eye starring at you, that plus the fact its a hangover cure and the person drinking it probably has blood-shot eyes from the night before.  

The combination of beer and tomato juice of course is well documented, if you've never tried a Michilada for example you're letting the best of life pass you by.  However, its the psychology of facing the raw egg and of course drinking this concoction "in one" as they say, that elevates this cocktail into a whole new category!  Go on, what are you waiting for?  You know you have to try one right?

French 75 - Casablanca (1942)

Given that the movie centres around Rick and his bar in Morocco, it's perhaps no surprise that there are alcoholic drinks!  The best drink featured in the movie in my opinion is the French 75, a combination of gin, fresh lemon, sugar and Champagne.  Named after the French WWI field gun the M1879 and, so rumour has it, mixed by British soldiers using gin they brought from home and local Champagne.  This combination led Harry Craddock or Savoy Cocktail Book fame to pronounce that this drink "Hits with remarkable precision" and I agree with him.  But don't take our word for it try making one for yourself using my 'how to' video...

https://youtu.be/ZKkNln_up5k

 

Singapore Sling - Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Raoul and Gonzo can be found on the patio of the Polo Lounge at the Beverley Hills Hotel as the adventure begins.  Having what appears to be an entire table-full of Singapore Slings I'm surprised they actually made it to Las Vegas, although clearly as the film progresses it's clear they have a lot of help!  I'll stick to the Singapore Slings thanks, having enjoyed one or two (perhaps more) with my buddy Marko at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel where it was invented on one of our very own adventures.

If you'd like to see how to make one check out my video:

https://youtu.be/bzxd1EvNFoM

Dirty Martini - Iron Man 2 (2010)

Tony Stark's new assistant (Scarlett Johansson) makes him a Dirty Martini to celebrate his birthday, cue the music and Tony dancing in his Iron Man suit, a birthday suit slightly different than the usual connotation I'd say!

To find out how to make a Dirty Martini at home, whether its your birthday or not, just watch this helpful little video:

https://youtu.be/7P_yOuAcg_0

Mississippi Punch - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Girl about town Holly Golightly (the fabulous Audrey Hepburn) throws the most incredible soirees, much to her neighbours chagrin!  To get the party started in one scene she serves the Mississippi Punch, and given the amount of alcohol in it I can see why.  It's 45ml Cognac, 25ml Bourbon, 25ml dark rum, and a light 12.5ml fresh lemon juice and the same again of sugar syrup; not for the faint hearted I'd have to say.  However, that needn't scare you away, so if you'd like to give it a try why not check out my video on how to do just that:

https://youtu.be/vRqspFRQmdc

 

The Vesper Martini - Casino Royale (2006)

Created by the character James Bond in his first ever novel Casino Royale written by Ian Fleming in 1953.  However, despite being the first book it did not become the first Bond film, that honour went to Dr No instead in 1962.  The drink itself is created by Bond seemingly on the spare of the moment as he orders a drink during his epic card game against Le Chiffre.  When asked to name the drink he bestows upon it the name of his colleague the beguiling Vesper Lynd.  Well let's just say it doesn't end well, however it worked out nicely for the cocktail.  For years it was something of a secret bartender's favourite, until 2006 of course when Daniel Craig (who's turned out to be an incredible Bond I have to say) played the leading role in Casino Royale as it finally made its way to the big screen.

If you'd like to make the Vesper at home just check out my video showing you exactly how to do it:

https://youtu.be/QBtVOPmcNRw

 

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