Have you ever seen a cocktail in a TV show or Film that you’ve wanted to try at a bar or recreate at home? We wouldn’t blame you to want to try these famous cocktails in TV & Film. If a character drinks it enough, it’s bound to make you want to drink it, too. There are some classic cocktails that have been given a new lease of life thanks to pop culture. Below are our favourites, along with Dive NQ cocktails we can recommend based on each one, just in case you’d like to try something a bit different.
Sex and the City – Cosmopolitan
It’s crazy to think how much of an influence TV characters can have on popular culture. After the four main characters in Sex and the City claimed Cosmopolitans were their favourite cocktails, the demand for them around the world went crazy. Not only is in incredibly girly, but it’s delicious. With equal parts vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice, it’s hard not to get carried away (yes, that’s a pun) with them.
If you like a Cosmopolitan, you might want to try our Jungle Juice cocktail, which is made with Havana 3, pineapple, cranberry, lime, passion fruit gomme and prosecco. It has similar flavours to a Cosmopolitan but the prosecco and other fruit flavours give it a special twist.
James Bond – Martini
There’s nothing suaver than Sean Connery saying “Shaken, not stirred” when ordering his classic Martini at the bar. Loads of guys think cocktails are just for girls, but there are so many that are made famous by men in TV and film. Created with the finest vodka and a teaspoon of dry vermouth, it’s shaken with ice until super cold and then its strained into a classic cocktail glass. To finish it off with a hint of flavour, add a lemon peel.
If you like a Martini, you might like to try our sweet Chocolate Cake shot, which is made with a blend of Frangelico & Absolut Vanilla vodka. Shoot the shot & bite the lemon afterwards. It’s a fun alternative to a classic Martini that still has a citrus flavour.
Mad Men – Old Fashioned
Don Draper is the man people either want to be or want to be with. He’s got his sophisticated advertising job, he’s good (a little too good) with the ladies and he knows how to work a suit. Throughout Mad Men, his choice of drink was the timeless Old Fashioned. If you’re a fan of bourbon but want to drink it mixed with different flavours, this is the one to try. To create this cocktail, crush a sugar cube in a short glass and add a couple of drops of Angostura bitters. Next, add a large ice cube and top with your bourbon of choice. Finally, add an orange peel for a hint of tanginess.
If you like an Old Fashioned, you might want to try our Good Ole’ Fashioned, which is an update on the classic, made with Wild Turkey 101, Barrel Aged Bitters, brown syrup, hickory smoke and a maraschino cherry.
The Big Lebowski – White Russian
Nothing says The Big Lebowski like a bearded man in a bathrobe drinking a White Russian. The Dude’s cool attitude throughout the film makes his character one we automatically respect. In the film, he drank a number of White Russians. Served in an old fashioned cocktail glass, this cocktail is created by mixing vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. If you fancy a wake-up call but also want to get the party started immediately, then this is the cocktail for you.
If you like a White Russian, you might want to try our Old Grog, which is made with citrus infused cold brewed coffee, Old J, Amaretto, honey and cream.
The Great Gatsby – Gin Rickey
Simple and classic was Jay Gatsby’s choice of cocktail and it’s easy to see why. We also love a cocktail that is easy to make and even easier to drink. To create this tangy and refreshing cocktail, you only have to mix Gin, lime juice and limes topped with carbonated water. That’s literally it. This goes to show that someone can be as swanky as hell, but they might just want a drink that’s straight to the point.
If you like a Gin Rickey, you might want to try our Limearita which instead of Gin, uses Olmeca Tequila, fresh lime and agave nectar.
Some Like It Hot – Manhattan
You know when something trends and no one can get enough of it? Well, in the 50s, Marylin Monroe was that trend and everyone adored her. When she starred in the movie Some Like It Hot, her favourite cocktail was the Manhattan. Men at that time were huge fans of bourbon and loved her even more for drinking a cocktail that they’d happily drink, too. The Manhattan is created by mixing whisky/bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and a Maraschino cherry as a garnish. It’s rather bitter but worth a try.
If you like a Manhattan, you might want to try our Frisky Whiskey, which is made with Jameson’s Whiskey and swaps the cherry flavours for apple juice, making it a refreshing alternative for the summer.
Saturday Night Fever – 7&7
It’s not very well known in the UK, but it’s incredibly popular in the United States thanks to its simplicity. John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever enjoyed drinking a 7&7, which is a mixture of Seagram’s Seven Crown whisky and 7 Up served in a tall glass. To be honest, you can still have a very similar drink by mixing another type of whiskey and lemonade of your choice, which is great because you can have the same drink in many different ways to find your favourite combo.
If you like a 7&7, you might want to try our Hoodoo Voodoo, which perfect if you want to add a variety of flavours. Created with Four Roses Bourbon, lime juice, Angostura Bitter, orgeat syrup, pineapple, orange juice and grenadine, it’s tangy and full of flavour.
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