8 Iconic Movie Cocktails That Are Easy to Make
What iconic movie cocktails can you easily make?
- Bloody Mary from Fletch
- Moloko Plus from A Clockwork Orange
- Singapore Sling from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- The Redeye from Cocktail
- French 75 from Casablanca
- Mississippi Punch from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Vesper Martini from James Bond Franchise
- Sweet Vermouth on the Rocks with a Twist from Groundhog Day
Cinema is hailed by some of the century’s brightest thinkers and theorists as the 7th art. It is an accumulation of all the major forms of art that preceded its birth—literature, painting, music, photography, theater, etc.
Previously, we featured cocktails from recent films and TV shows. But this time, we’ll be talking about those that come from classic and timeless films.
Alcohol has always graced the silver screen and had a spot in some of the greatest and most landmark scenes in movies—and a lot of them are actually very simple to make with easily accessible liquors here in the Philippines!
Without further ado, here are 8 most legendary cocktails from classic movies!
Bloody Mary – Fletch (1985)
With a hilarious Chevy Chase as a private detective running around Los Angeles, all the funny one-liners in this movie are just as deserving of their place in movie culture as the Bloody Mary is in every bartender’s arsenal of fundamental cocktail recipes!
- ¼ cup tomato juice
- 3 tbsp. vodka
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ tsp. horseradish
- 3 dashes hot pepper sauce
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 dash black pepper
- ¼ tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 lemon wedge (optional)
- In a highball glass, pour the tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce.
- Add the horseradish, hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
- Stir the ingredients.
- Fill a separate glass with ice.
- Pour mixture into second glass.
- Pour back and forth for 3 to 4 times to mix well.
- Sprinkle lemon juice.
- Garnish with celery stick and serve.
Moloko Plus – A Clockwork Orange (1971)
From a cult novel to one of Stanley Kubrick’s most well-known films, A Clockwork Orange continues to send echoes as a common entry point for people getting into film.
This cocktail can definitely spice up any night with the same youthful liveliness of Malcom McDowell and his droogs! (without the LSD and criminal activity)
- 1 oz. absinthe
- 1 oz. anisette liqueur
- 2 oz. Irish cream liqueur
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 5 oz. milk
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a tall glass.
Singapore Sling – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
“Too weird to live and too rare to die” – Hunter S. Thompson
A Terry Gilliam film with Johnny Depp’s amazing portrayal of renegade journalist Hunter S. Thompson in search of the American dream, this recipe for the Singapore Sling perfectly captures the all-out spirit of this mayhem-filled road trip movie.
- ½ oz. gin
- 1 oz. Benedictine
- 1 oz. lime juice
- ¼ oz. simply syrup
- 2 oz. club soda
- ½ oz. cherry brandy
- 1 lemon slice and cocktail cherry for garnish
- Pour gin, Benedictine, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a highball glass over ice.
- Pour in the club soda.
- Float the brandy on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
- Garnish with lemon slice and cherry.
The Red Eye – Cocktail (1988)
It is a mortal sin to make a ‘cocktails in cinema’ list without putting in this insanely dated movie with a young Tom Cruise playing an actual bartender.
If you can get into the addition of an egg, this drink is one of the perfect hangover cures.
- 1 oz. vodka
- 6 oz. tomato juice
- 1 can of beer
- 1 egg
- Pour the vodka and tomato juice into a chilled mug.
- Pour in the beer.
- Crack the egg into the drink.
French 75 – Casablanca (1942)
The 1940s crime-noir era of golden age Hollywood stars like Howard Hawks, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Ingrid Bergman was certainly a special time in history.
For one thing, bar lounges and cocktails certainly wouldn’t have their current appeal without the ruthless glamour that these films portrayed.
- 2 oz. gin
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp. sugar
- Champagne or sparkling wine
- 1 thin lemon spiral or cocktail cherry
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour in the gin, lemon juice, and sugar.
- Shake well and chill.
- Strain into a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne or sparkling wine and stir gently.
- Garnish with lemon spiral or cocktail cherry.
Mississippi Punch – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Audrey Hepburn in her most graceful prime and arguably her most famous movie. From her little number singing ‘Moon River’ to all her quirky antics, this drink is the embodiment of her down-to-earth talents as a thespian and cinematic figure.
- 2 oz. cognac
- 1 oz. rum
- 1 oz. bourbon
- ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp. powdered sugar
- 1 orange wedge
- Pour the lemon juice into a shaker.
- Stir in the sugar.
- Pour in the rest of the ingredients.
- Add ice and shake well.
- Strain into a glass full of shaved or crushed ice.
- Garnish with an orange wedge.
Vesper Martini – James Bond Franchise
Any essential movie cocktail list would certainly and staggeringly be incomplete without even the slightest mention of one 007s most signature winks.
From Sean Connery’s Dr. No to Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale, the “shaken not stirred” dry martini is a drink so ingrained with popular culture that you’ve probably already come across it without actually seeing a Bond flick!
- 3 oz. gin
- 1 oz. vodka
- ½ oz. dry vermouth
- 1 lemon peel
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake well (NEVER STIR).
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a large piece of the lemon peel.
Sweet Vermouth on the Rocks with a Twist – Groundhog Day (1993)
You can’t help but fall head-over-heels for the brilliance of Bill Murray’s performance in this timeless tale of existentialism 101.
With the warm smiles of Andie McDowell and the cold feels of Pennsylvania, this drink is the perfect mix for adding an extra coziness to your evenings!
- Sweet vermouth
- Lemon wedge
- Fill a double old-fashioned cocktail glass with ice.
- Pour in the vermouth.
- Twist lemon over the glass.
- Garnish with lemon twist.
All the simple cocktail recipes mentioned above are as fun to make and drink as watching the movies themselves! There are so much more movie cocktails out there that this list may even call for a sequel.
With the many first-rate sources for great liquors here in the Philippines, there’s no limit to the delicious and exciting concoctions that you could experiment with from your favorite movies!
What are you waiting for? Start mixing them today! You can get all your alcoholic needs on this page!