While there's an Oscar for just about everything movie-related, we couldn't help but notice that the Best Cinematic Cocktail category still hasn't made the Academy's cut.
To remedy this situation, we've searched the last 80 years of film history to bring you the most iconic on-screen sippers. From Philip Marlowe's classic Gimlet to The Dude's boozy White Russian, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.
So on Sunday, sit back, make a big bowl of popcorn and fix one of these drinks in honor of your favorite spirited film star. Then tell us: Which recipe has your vote for Best Cinematic Cocktail? Cheers!
Before the Martini, super-spy James Bond loved this gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc elixir. Sean Connery may have ordered a Martini shaken, not stirred, in the first Bond movie (Dr. No), but Daniel Craig asks for this concoction in the climactic poker scene of 2006's Casino Royale, which is based on the first Bond novel.View recipe: Vesper
Raymond Chandler’s ace detective Philip Marlowe—most recognizably played by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep—can be found sipping this citrusy cocktail in a dive bar while solving murder mysteries and falling in love with rich women. While Marlowe prefers the drink made traditionally, with pre-sweetened, bottled Rose’s Lime Juice, we like the version that calls for homemade sour mix (an easy combination of fresh lime juice and simple syrup). Our recipe comes from Liquor.com advisory board member and top bartender Simon Ford.View recipe: Gimlet
This drink plays a large enough role in the Coen Brothers' hit that it should have gotten a supporting actor nomination. The classic vodka, cream and Kahlua mixture is The Dude’s signature libation, making nine appearances throughout the movie and inspiring the (ill-advised) Lebowski Challenge, which involves drinking a White Russian every time The Dude does.View recipe: White Russian
It would be wrong to underestimate the importance of spirits in The Thin Man series, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a pair of detectives whose skill at imbibing is only barely matched by their skill at solving mysteries. These thirsty—and lovable—characters are the namesake of this classic gin Martini recipe, created by master mixologist and Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff.View recipe: Nick & Nora Dry Martini
Marilyn Monroe lent her charm to a number of classic movie scenes involving tipples, but one of our favorites is when she fixes impromptu Manhattans in a hot water bottle on a train for Jack Lemmon’s cross-dressing character, Daphne, and a crowd of rowdy bandmates. This madcap caper from Billy Wilder is such a riot, we're sure you’ll be inspired to partake in this historic elixir.View recipe: Manhattan
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