We all know the classics. Tons of writing has been done on that topic, uncountable hours argued over tiny twists to the unchangeable, bartenders’ reputations grow and go with them, but really, drinking rock solid perfection isn’t always quite the point. True, some stayed and lasted for millennia. But lots of drinks completely depend on momentary fashion, on what the popular media favors at the time, what a new movement happens to dig out from the obscurities of alcoholic history. Let’s see a few of these jokers and where to head for the ultimate experience.
Movies, Drinks, Class (or not so much?)
Take James Bond for example. His “shaken, not stirred” Vodka Martini turns anyone into a secret agent on the spot. Since 1964’s Goldfinger, the drink can’t escape its movie reference. The best Vodka Martinis come from the best vodka, so here’s a neat list of the best vodka bars in the world.
Not all vodka-based drinks have the sleek charm of dark secrecy; there is not much elegance or class in the Coen brothers classic The Big Lebowski. “The Dude”’s frequent White Russians made this previously obscure drink into a legend. No-one forgets the connotation of Jeff Bridges’ character when they’re fixing a White Russian after a crazy day. Or afternoon. Or a difficult wake-up call.
Another bold drink that owes everything to its screen presence is the Orange Whip. “Who wants an Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip?” Yep, The Blues Brothers shot the blend of rum, vodka, cream and orange juice to a permanent spot on the film drinks menu.
Whiskeys have assumed many movie roles over the time. For Bill Murray in Lost in Translation it’s always “Suntory Whiskey time”, and he makes this Japanese brand the most cross-cultural film drink experience we’ve seen. The prize for the most persistent movie presence among specific brands probably goes to Jack Daniel’s whiskey. This is an easy one, since the angular bottle is a given at any corner shop. So if you want to step into The Shining, descend into your closest dirty bar and you’re all set. For a fancy choice of thousands of whiskeys (&co.), make a reservation at our favorite Whisky Mist or check out one of the other top London whiskey bars! While we’re on the thrillers, Silence of the Lambs made the Italian wine Chianti part of a very quotable line about a cannibalistic dinner.
Which one’s your favorite? Comment! Cheers!
P.S.:You have to see this wonderful series of posters illustrating the most iconic movie beverages: http://bit.ly/H9ngG2