Classic Hollywood had the right idea about cultivating a specific mood for a specific movie: the Stars were trademarked, the coloring just right, the sets evocative, and the drinks? Well, the drinks were part of the ambiance.
These three drinks below are best served watching their respective films. But, if you don’t have time for a quick flick – just remember the mood of the movie and let the drink take you away.
- Gibson Cocktail | North by Northwest
Every iconic and thought-provoking film deserves a drink that does the same. This drink is dry and enticing – utilizing dry vermouth, gin, and cocktail onions. This salty & sour drink, enhanced by the onion, brings new flavors to a seemingly age-old drink, the martini. And begs the questions – what one small aspect could I change about my life to make it completely new?
1/2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1-3 cocktail onions for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes, and stir well. Then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cocktail onion.
2. Manhattan | Some Like it Hot
How could we not include a Marilyn Monroe-approved cocktail in our top 3 classic Hollywood drinks? Plus, who wouldn’t like Monroe to start an importu cocktail party featuring this drink. The classic line goes, I have whiskey…” “I have vermouth….” “Does anyone have any maraschino cherries?” and the rest? Well, the rest is history.
2 oz. whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes of bitters
1-2 maraschino cherries
Orange peel (optional)
Add the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the cocktail glass. Strain the drink into the glass. Add 1 to 2 maraschino cherries.
3. Scotch Mist | The Big Sleep
Lauren Bacall deserves a cocktail that lives up to her black-and-white screened beauty. In this dramatic film noir, Bacall’s character orders this drink and seals its fate as the go-to for Femme Fatales everywhere.
2-3 oz. Scotch
1/2 cup crushed ice
Pour Scotch over ice in a lowball glass, twist the lemon peel over the drink to release lemon oil, drop the peel in, and serve.