ARTICLE/ A TOAST TO TINSELTOWN
Since the film industry was first established, Hollywood has been raising a glass onscreen and using libations to give its characters more, well, character. One example: the legendary James Bond, who famously favored vodka martinis.
Just how unforgettable are Tinseltown’s whistle-wetters? Very—so much so that authors Will Francis and Stacey Marsh have chronicled the most indelible in a brand-new book, Cocktails of the Movies. Dubbed “an illustrated guide to cinematic mixology,” it features more than 60 drinks that were featured on the big screen, giving the cinematic scoop on each (along with, of course, a recipe). With the Academy Awards approaching on March 4, it’s the perfect time to kick back with one of the cocktails from Francis and Marsh’s collection. Here are four of our favorites—beginning, naturally, with Bond’s martini. Shaken, not stirred.
- VODKA ‘VESPER’ MARTIN -
When 007 is playing in the biggest poker game of his life in “Casino Royale,” he tries to relax by ordering a dry martini with a few customized touches. But what will he christen the new drink? An idea comes to mind when Bond looks over and sees a fellow agent (and lover) named Vesper.
· 2 oz. gin
· 1/2 oz. vodka
· 1/4 oz. Lillet Blond
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a large, thin strip of lemon zest.
- TEQUILLA SUNRISE -
In 1988’s “Tequila Sunrise,” Dale ‘Mac’ McKussic (played by Mel Gibson) is dining at a local restaurant—and becomes quite fond of the establishment’s blond owner as she serves him this drink.
· 2 oz. tequila
· Orange juice
· 2/3 oz. grenadin
Pour the tequila into an ice-filled highball glass and top up with orange juice. Stir gently before drizzling the grenadine onto the drink, which will sink to create a sunrise effect. Garnish with an orange slice skewered on a stick with a cherry.
- CHAMPAGNE CUP -
M. Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes) celebrates proving his innocence in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” while enjoying this cocktail.
· 1 oz. brandy
· 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
· 1 tsp. maraschino cherry syrup