A toast to Hollywood's classic cocktails
February 24th, 2012
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"The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry Martini you always shake to waltz time." - William Powell as Nick Charles in 'The Thin Man'

There are few Hollywood romances greater than the one between Nick and Nora Charles and their cocktail bar. 'The Thin Man,' the film in which the fictional lovers were featured, was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1935. While it achieved none of them, the characters' deep devotion to elegant tippling won a place in cocktail fetishists' hearts for the rest of eternity.

As part of their 31 Days of Oscar celebration, the experts at Turner Classic Movies have pored over award-winning films to find the ones that best celebrated the art of imbibing - and shared recipes for classic cocktails so you can get a little Oscar buzz of your own at home.

TCM's Favorite Film Cocktails

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Cary Grant gives Katherine Hepburn a “Stinger.”

1 3/4 oz brandy
3/4 oz white creme de menthe

Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass with crushed ice.
Stir well.

The Night of the Iguana (1964)
A Rum Coco is ordered.

Rum Coco
300 ml White Rum
200 ml Fresh Coconut juice
100 ml Cane Syrup
10 ice cubes
juice from 1 lemon

Ice the glasses with a little of the lemon or coconut juice. Put all ingredients in a shaker with 10 ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Put a drop of strawberry juice at the bottom of the glasses. Gently pour punch into the glasses and enjoy.

Funny Girl (1968)
Barbra Streisand’s Fannie Brice drinks a Green Crème de Menthe Frappe.

Crème de Menthe Frappe
Make ice snow cone in glass
Fill with green creme de menthe over
Use short straws
Serve in a cocktail glass (4.5 oz)

North by Northwest (1959)
Cary Grant drinks a Gibson.

60 ml (6 parts) gin
10 ml (1 part) dry vermouth

Stir well in a shaker with ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish and serve

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
Vivien Leigh orders an Americano.

30ml (one part) Campari
30ml (one part) sweet vermouth
Dash of club soda

Pour the Campari and vermouth over ice into glass. Top with club soda. Garnish and serve.

Top Hat (1935)
“Horses’s Neck” cocktail is ordered.

Horse's Neck

4 parts whisky
Ginger ale
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the whiskey. Fill with ginger ale, the Angostura bitters and stir well.

Casablanca (1942)
Champagne cocktails, French 75s, Cointreau & brandy are featured in the film. This movie also features the most famous toast in cinema with “Here’s looking at you kid.”

French 75
1 1/4 oz gin
1/4 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar)
1/4 oz. lemon juice
Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine

Combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Fill with Champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Down Argentine Way (1940)
Betty Greenwood orders a Sirocco.

1 part Brandy
1/2 part Galliano
1 part Star anise syrup

Lightly stir Brandy and Galliano Herbal Liqueur over low heat until warm, be careful not to overheat. Pour into a tall shot glass or Dutch cordial glass. Drop 1 whole star anise (available in the spice section of your supermarket, or in most Asian specialty stores) into the shot. Ignite the shot, let burn for a few moments, extinguish.

Now, Voyager (1942 - airs 2/27)
Bette Davis and Claude Rains order and drink Bourbon Old Fashioneds.

Bourbon Old Fashioned
40 ml. Bourbon, Scotch or Rye whiskey
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 splash water

Place sugar cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitter, add a dash of soda water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, lemon twist and two maraschino cherries.

Watch 31 Days of Oscar on Turner Classic Movies, and let us know your favorite movie drinking scenes in the comments below.
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  1. dick

    Stinger, without a doubt, the best hangover drink.

    March 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
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    In the dictionary under the word "Sicilian"

    February 28, 2012 at 6:55 am |


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