5 drinking movies

This past Tuesday we had the pleasure to sit in as podcast guests with MattK and Ry the movie guy of CinemaJaw. Check out their podcast as they take on new categories of cinema and give you their latest in movie reviews, top 5 lists and entertaining trivia. Rabbit and I tried to hold our own with these two movie experts as we chatted about our favorite drinking flicks. We had a blast!

Please listen here for the whole podcast. "Spoiler alert" Below, Rabbit and I share our top 5 picks with their appropriate cocktail pairing.

Top 5 picks for Alice

5. Cocktail
Sorry...I had to say it! What could be more relevant than a movie starring Tom Cruise making cocktails in the 80's?! "Coughlin's law: never show surprise, never lose your cool."
Alabama Slammer
1/2 oz amaretto
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
1/2 oz sloe gin
splash fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 fresh lemon
1/4 simple syrup
Shake and strain into old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an umbrella.

4. Swingers
A great 90's flick about a bunch of guys trying to pick up "beautiful babies" in the LA bar scene. Hmm...not much has changed. "You are so money you don't even know it!"
Scotch on the rocks! Single malt, no blends. Any kind of "Glen"...livet, ...morangie, ...fiddich will do!

3. Casablanca
This classic movie takes place in a nightclub in Morocco owned by ex-patriot Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart. It also stars Ingmar Bergman and is everything that is sexy about cocktails in the 40's. If you haven't seen this movie, should. "Here's looking at you kid"
Champagne cocktail
1 sugar cube
2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 oz brandy
Douse sugar cube with bitters at the bottom of flute glass. Add brandy and top with champagne. Garnish with twist.

2. Road House
Hubba hubba...Patrick Swayze plays one of the hottest door guys ever! Sam Elliot also makes an appearance and despite all of the violence, this move has one of the best sex scenes. Meow!
Shot and a beer, AKA Boilermaker

1. Goldfinger
James Bond loved his martinis ice cold! "Shaken, not stirred"
We talk about the difference between shaking and stirring on the podcast;-)
(Correction: on CinemaJaw I mention Casino Royale as my #1. with James Bond's girl Vesper Lynd...which I am sure you all caught. I meant to say Goldfinger, because that is the movie which really stars Sean Connery, and where he orders a martini he names the Vesper, after Vesper Lynd. Oops.)
"Three measures of Gordons (gin), one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?'

Top 5 picks for Rabbit

5. Moulin Rouge
For best personification of a liquor... the Absinthe green fairy! Also starring John Leguizamo as the notorious alcoholic, painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Toulouse-Lautrec is said to have created the Tremblement de Terre (the Earthquake) cocktail.
3 parts Absinthe, 3 parts Cognac served in a wine goblet with ice.

4. The Big Lebowski
For best use of cocktail as prop. "Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!"
The White Russian
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
Add to rocks glass with ice and add cream.
Like the Dude, remember, it's ok to open the container of cream at the grocery store to ensure you get the freshest.

3. A Clockwork Orange
For best bar. "There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence."
Aspirin in Milk
Dissolve a quarter aspirin in milk and feel the ultra-violence creep in... umm I mean, ultra-health benefits: Montreal Gazette 9/10/10

2. Jules and Jim
For it's representation of one the best cocktail eras - 1920's Paris. But one of the best scenes is not on cocktails but on wine:

Might I recommend the Bloody Mary, birthed in Harry's New York bar in Paris (opened in 1911). From Harry's bartender Fernand Petiot “I cover the bottom of the shaker with four large dashes of salt, two dashes of black pepper, two dashes of cayenne pepper, and a layer of Worcestershire sauce; I then add a dash of lemon juice and some cracked ice, put in two ounces of vodka and two ounces of thick tomato juice, shake, strain, and pour.”

1. Barfly
For best drunk, Mickey Rourke as Bukowski's alter-ego Henry Chinaski.
"Anybody can be a non-drunk. It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance. Endurance is more important than truth."
Like Swingers, this is another LA bar-scene film where they drink scotch. I would also suggest a bottle of beer with a few cigarette butts inside.

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