Cocktails & Cinema! Your “At Home Date Night” Awaits!
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Here’s a fun idea for your next Date Night. Find a sitter or arrange a sleepover for the kids (this is the obvious part). If you have another couple or two, even better. We’re going to match up eight classic (and sometimes obscure) cocktails with classic movies in which those drinks were enjoyed. Queue them up on Netflix and play bartender! In no particular order…
Number 8 – Casablanca and the French 75.
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry’s New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun. Sounds like fun!!
- 1 oz gin
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar)
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine
Preparation: 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. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!
Other options: Champagne Cocktails, Cointreau, Brandy
Number 7 – Some Like it Hot and Manhattans
“I don’t want you to think I’m a drinker. I can stop if I want to, only I don’t want to.”
My personal fave during winter, the Manhattan, according to legend, has its origins at The Manhattan Club in New York in the 1870s. It was invented at a banquet in honor of presidential candidate Samuel Tilden. The banquet was so successful that the drink became fashionable and people began ordering it by referring to the club where it originated–“The Manhattan Cocktail”.
- 2 parts Whiskey (or Brandy)
- 1 part Sweet Vermouth
- Dash of Bitters
- Garnish with Maraschino cherry
See also: Night of the Iguana (Drama) or The Producers (Comedy)