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.

(Romantic Drama)
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

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!!

The Recipe:

  • 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.”

United Artists

United Artists

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”.

The Recipe:

  • 2 parts Whiskey (or Brandy)
  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash of Bitters
  • Garnish with Maraschino cherry


  • A Rob Roy is made with Scotch whisky.
  • A Dry Manhattan is made with dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth and served with a twist.
  • A Perfect Manhattan is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.
  • A Metropolitan is similar to a brandy manhattan, but with a 3-to-1 ratio of brandy to vermouth.
  • A Cuban Manhattan is a Perfect Manhattan with dark rum as its principal ingredient.
  • A Tijuana Manhattan is made with an Anejo Tequila.
  • The Fourth Regiment is a classic (ca. 1889) cocktail that uses a 1/1 ratio of whiskey and vermouth, and uses three dashes of three different bitters – orange bitters, celery bitters, and Peychaud’s Bitters.
  • See also: Night of the Iguana (Drama) or The Producers (Comedy)

    Coming up – Life is a banquet!

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