Thirty Years of Cocktail!

It was an iconic picture that turned everyone into wannabe bartenders and gained Tom Cruise a new legion of adoring fans. A story of how love conquers over fame and fortune, Cocktail has become one of the classics; a must-see-before-you-die film, despite being panned by critics on its release.

Despite the film focusing more on the friendship between the two barmen and the romances they encounter, the story always comes back to the bar, and the flairing behind it. Indeed, there are many moments in the film that inspired the bartending world and made it what it is today. In preparing for his role, Tom Cruise visited many prolific bars and watched the way the cocktails were made and served. It was never written in the script that the actors were supposed to throw bottles behind the bar, but after Cruise saw one young barman doing tricks with the bottles, he was insistent they do the same in the film. He would set up bartending championships in the dressing rooms so that he could practise throwing to his co-star, Bryan Brown.

The Drinks

Of course, in a film named Cocktail, there are sure to be a few drinks references. One was the Red Eye, a drink intended to cure hangovers, although with a less-than-appetising ingredients list. Made up of vodka, lager, tomato juice and a raw egg, this drink has actually been known to soothe the shakes and reduce the headaches and sickness that are classic symptoms of too much over-indulging.

Other cocktails mentioned in the film include classics such as Sex on the Beach, Singapore Sling, Alabama Slammer and Iced Tea, as well as lesser-known drinks including Pink Squirrel, Death Spasm and a Ding-a-Ling. Its possible that the Death Spasm and the Ding-a-Ling were names created to fit in with the bartending rhyme that Cruise recited.

Meanwhile, drinks like Kamikaze, Orgasm, and the Friar Tuck were given a boost, thanks to their inclusion in the film.

The Legacy

It is rare to find a bartender that hasn’t seen Cocktail – indeed it inspired a whole generation of young people to attempt the trade, realising it could take them all around the world if they were good at it. Even people who haven’t seen the film will have seen scenes or trailers, and Tom Cruise is always celebrated as the bartender that people should look up to, which is interesting, since his cocktails were never quite as well presented as they should have been! In the film, he would serve drinks with too much ice and only pour half the mixture into the glass – issues that wouldn’t bother the average drinker but are sure to grate on the more experienced bartender!

Despite its pitfalls, we love the film! Happy 30th Anniversary Cocktail!

Cocktails mentioned in this post

Red Eye cocktail
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The famous hangover cure from the film, Cocktail. Add ingredients to the glass, one at a time. Do not stir. Simple, effective hangover cure. Or is it? ...
The famous hangover cure from the film, Cocktail. Add ingredients to the glass, one at a time. Do not stir. Simple, effective hangover cure. Or is it? ...
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Sex on the Beach cocktail
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Sex on the Beach
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A well known classic with sunny holiday views. Making the IBA official cocktail list, this cocktail has a few variations but here is the classic original. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain ...
A well known classic with sunny holiday views. Making the IBA official cocktail list, this cocktail has a few variations but here is the classic ...
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Singapore Sling cocktail
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Singapore Sling
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Shake all the ingredients except the soda water and cherry brandy in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass with ice cubes then top up with the soda water. Finally float the cherry brandy on top and garnish with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry. ...
Shake all the ingredients except the soda water and cherry brandy in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass with ice cubes then top ...
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Alabama Slammer cocktail
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Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 until the outside of the shaker starts to frost up. Strain into highball glass with ice. A classic Alabama Slammer. ...
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 until the outside of the shaker starts to frost up. Strain into highball ...
Rating: 4.45 / 5
Long Island Ice Tea cocktail
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Long Island Ice Tea
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Shake all ingredients except for the coke in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into highball glass and then top up with coke. ...
Shake all ingredients except for the coke in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes ...
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Pink Squirrel cocktail
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Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled then strain into a chilled martini glass. ...
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled then strain into a chilled martini glass. ...
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Kamikaze cocktail
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Kamikaze
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Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass. ...
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass. ...
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Orgasm Cocktail cocktail
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Orgasm Cocktail
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Add 1/3 shot of Amaretto, 1/3 shot of Bailey's Irish Cream and 1/3 shot of Kahlua to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a shot glass. ...
Add 1/3 shot of Amaretto, 1/3 shot of Bailey's Irish Cream and 1/3 shot of Kahlua to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a shot ...
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Friar Tuck cocktail
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Friar Tuck
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Pour 2 shots of vodka and a dash of coke to a highball glass with ice. Add a dash of blackcurrant cordial. ...
Pour 2 shots of vodka and a dash of coke to a highball glass with ice. Add a dash of blackcurrant cordial. ...
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Suzanna H
Hi, I am Suzanna. I would describe myself as a bit of a foodie with a side-interest in fancy cocktails. Anything sweet and alcoholic and I'm in! I am also an avid writer, proofreader and editor and work freelance through the website People per Hour.

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