During the holidays, TV is full of Christmas specials and
Are you looking to quench your thirst like some of your favorite movie characters? These are all alcoholic beverages, or else I’d be talking about NCIS Abby’s Caf-Pow! again. Let’s start off with an easy one, the first drink that comes to mind when dreaming up movie characters for a list, shall we?
1. The Big Lebowski – White Russian: The Dude abides by one very special drink, and he orders it repeatedly: “Uh, yeah. White Russian?” Made with ice, vodka, coffee liqueur, and milk.
2. Mad Men – Old Fashioned: Don Draper never says no to any form of alcohol, but when he heads to the bar, this is his default drink. Made with a sugar cube, Angostura bitters, club soda, and rye whiskey.
3. Death Proof – Chartreuse: God only knows what Quentin Tarantino was thinking with this scene, other than to insert himself into his movies as always. As Warren the Bartender says, “Chartreuse! The only liquor so good they named a color after it!” This French liquor arrives in shot form.
4. Sex and the City – Cosmopolitan: This drink was popularized in the tv show but lost its lustre towards the end of the show’s run. During the first movie, the drink came back. Miranda: “Why did we stop drinking these?” Carrie: “Because everyone else started.” Made with vodka, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and a splash of lime cordial.
5. Scrubs – Appletini: JD ordered this drink (also known as “green apple martini”) many times during the course of the show: “Appletini, easy on the tini.” To which he was often greeted with, “No problem, lady.” A dude needs to be comfy with his sexuality to publicly order this tasty drink. Made with vodka, green apple schnapps, and lemon juice.
6. Silence of the Lambs – Chianti: Hannibal Lecter may have chosen this particular wine because it’s the color of blood: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
7. The Blues Brothers – Orange Whip: This drink is as ironically retro as the movie that made it famous. Burton Mercer knew what he wanted: “Who wants an Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Three Orange Whips!” Made with egg white, orange sherbet, and OJ.
8. Some Like It Hot – Manhattan: Marilyn Monroe’s breathy voice instantly made this drink seem more appealing than it tastes: “We’ve got bourbon. We can make Manhattan!” Made with rye whiskey, Italian vermouth, Angostura bitters, and often topped with a maraschino cherry.
9. Lost in Translation – Suntory whiskey: Bill Murray’s character was paid $2 million to endorse this Japanese whiskey. When Charlotte and Bob first speak at the hotel bar, Bob delivers his scripted commercial line: “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.” Charlotte chooses to order a vodka tonic instead.
10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Singapore Sling: This movie features a lot of drinks, for sure. But the enduring vision of Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro surrounded by these colorful glasses made this drink a Hunter S. Thompson classic. Made from gin, cherry brandy, orange liqueur, Benedictine, grenadine, angostura bitters, lemon juice, and pineapple juice.
11. Every James Bond, 007 Movie – Vodka Martini: Everyone knows that James Bond loves his Vodka martini shaken, not stirred. It’s been that way for decades. Made with just enough vermouth to graze the ice and vodka, straight up.
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12. Casino Royale – Vesper: Daniel Craig’s Bond started to order his usual but changed his mind: “Dry martini. Wait … three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.” Then he named the drink after the lovely Vesper Lynd, who captured his heart in addition to his body: “Once you’ve tasted it, that’s all you want to drink.”
13. The Shining – Bourbon: Lloyd, the bartender who’s not really there, knows how to make Jack Torrence a happy customer when he says, “Hair of the dog that bit me.” Served on the rocks with ghost bartender optional.
14. Cocktail – Redeye: Tom Cruise really knew how to shake it in this movie. This drink could cure a hangover or make it worse, depending on one’s tolerance. Made with vodka, and egg, Bloody Mary mix, and a cold beer.
16. Groundhog Day – Sweet Vermouth: Yes, another Bill Murray-popularized drink. Phil Connors tried valiantly to woo Rita and ordered this drink in the process: “It always makes me think of Rome, the way the sun hits the buildings in the afternoon.” Served on the rocks with a twist.
17. The Simpsons – Duff beer: Simple. Cheap. Very Homer Simpson. This beer started as a fictional beverage, but Homer’s multi-decade endorsement turned it into a real brand of beer.