Famous Cocktails as Seen in the Movies
This post is written in collaboration with LNW Asia
It is hard to find an alcoholic beverage more enjoyable than a cocktail. If you love cocktails and movies, you may have noticed that these potent drinks are iconic components in quite a number of your favourite films.
If you’re wondering which cocktails have generated the most enthusiasm from their appearances in Hollywood, you’re not alone. Here is a quick list of the top movie-based cocktails you could try for some inspiration.
1. Casino Royale: Vesper Martini
Casino Royale is one of the most famous James Bond films in recent memory. Bond’s love for Martinis was clear in this exciting film and almost as strong as his love for the gorgeous Vesper. While you won’t be able to enjoy a Vesper Martini at SA Gaming, it’s a favourite with many people who visit casinos worldwide.
Vesper Martinis involve gin, vermouth, and vodka, sometimes with a lemon peel as garnish. This cocktail is best served cold, and the spy prefers his Vesper Martinis shaken, not stirred. You may be like other Vesper Martini drinkers who fail to make sense of this iconic line, and there’s a good reason for the confusion.
It is true that shaking a Vesper Martini can change the taste of the gin, and not in a good way. However, the mystery has nothing to do with the drink itself. Interestingly, the original quote from the James Bond novels was “stirred not shaken,” but it seems that the film production team preferred the opposite catchphrase—let’s call it creative differences.
2. The Blues Brothers: Orange Whip
The Blues Brothers is a cult comedy for many American families. Jake Candy orders Orange Whips in a key scene in the film, but what is it? An Orange Whip is a unique cocktail of rum, vodka, cream, and orange juice; it is delightful in summer since it is cool and refreshing.
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Singapore Sling
If you’re a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fan, you need to try its most famous cocktail association: the Singapore Sling. The main characters enjoy this cocktail on their visit to the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, a memorable scene. While there are some variations, the Singapore Sling combines gin, cherry brand, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, sparkling water, and Angostura bitters.
Major fans of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas may also remember that the characters had mezcal shots with these cocktails in the film.
4. Casablanca: French 75
If you’re a fan of classic films, you probably adore the 1942 movie that made nightclubs so cool. Casablanca is a pillar of cinema’s history, an epic hat-tip to how far the industry has come in such a short time. While much of the film occurs around a nightclub setting, the French 75 cocktail stands out as a central element.
This zesty cocktail is a potent combination of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne. If you’re searching for a tasty yet potent drink inspired by cinematic genius, you have to try a French 75 while reciting the emotional line, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
The four cocktails above are some of the most famous cocktails in movie history, but there are so many more to add to the menu. Keep your eyes peeled the next time you watch your favourite film—an exciting cocktail is bound to make an appearance.