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Old movies and old cocktails

I often get inspired by movies to create my cocktails. I like to represent classic tropes in the cocktails: femme fatales, suave gentlemen, and private detectives. I love that you can escape in this world of fantasy with a cocktail. I use it for fun names or get inspired by cocktails in the movies.

Cocktails can play a choice in how you understand the culture of the era and the culture of the characters on screen. Cocktails are a representation of who they are. For this week, I am inspired by old movies that use cocktails as a way to define characters. Here are a few of my favorite twists on cocktails.

Blonde Ambition

Champagne Cocktail


Blanc de Blanc Champagne

1 1/2 oz Rosé infused vodka

1 oz lemon juice

1/2 oz grenadine

Garnish: Lemon wedge or strawberry slice

Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour rose infused vodka, lemon juice, and grenadine. Shake until cold. Pour into a flute glass. Top with Blanc de Blanc champagne. Garnish with lemon wedge or strawberry slice.

Gentlemen prefer whiskey

Bourbon Manhattan


2 oz Four Roses Bourbon whiskey

1 oz Chambord (black raspberry liqueur)

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Recipe: In a mixing glass, pour Four Roses bourbon, Chambord, Sweet Vermouth, and Angostura bitters. Stir and pour into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with raspberries.

Myrna Loy's Test Pilot

Gin Martini


2 oz Gin

1 oz Dry Vermouth

1 oz Lime Juice

3/4 oz Creme de Mure

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Garnish: Lime peel

Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour gin, dry vermouth, lime juice, creme de mure, and simple syrup. Shake until cold (about 30 seconds). Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime peel.

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