While last night at the pub was as enjoyable as always, I didn’t drink anything worth writing about. However, while reminiscing about the Martini night, my friends and I got to talking about drinks made famous through films, or other forms of popular culture.
As mentioned in my post about Martinis, a couple of variations were made famous by James Bond. First there was the Vesper in Casino Royale and then the Vodka Martini (shaken of course) in virtually every other Bond film/book. Apart from that we couldn’t think of any other drinks made famous by Bond, but there was of course one of the most tragic moments in cinema history in Skyfall. The film’s villain Silva (played by Javier Bardem) destroys a bottle of Macallan 1962 Fine and Rare Vintage. Such a waste.
Moving on from Bond, the most obvious drink we thought of featuring in films was the White Russian. In The Big Lebowski the character The Dude is seen drinking or making White Russians throughout almost the entire film.
The White Russian is a fairly straightforward cocktail, it’s 2 parts vodka, 1 part Kahlua, mixed with milk and served over ice in a lowball glass. I haven’t had a White Russian in a very long time, but I remember it as a very smooth cocktail, curtesy of the milk. The Dude seems to be able to make them pretty much wherever he is in the film, so I suggest following his example and making one of these for yourself.
The next drink we came up with is one that none of us have ever tried. In the Blues Brothers Jake’s parole office orders three Orange Whips while he attends the band’s fund raising concert. After the film’s release the cocktail apparently underwent a huge revival and is still popular more than twenty years later.