6 Greatest Movie-Inspired Cocktails

Raise your glass this weekend with these movie-inspired cocktails, from well-known drinks to lesser-known favourites.

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Movie-inspired Cocktail: Old Fashioned
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Movie-Inspired Cocktails: Old Fashioned

Inspiration: Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Recipe: Muddle a small cube of cane sugar and piece of orange peel in a rocks glass with a touch of water until sugar dissolves. Half fill glass with ice, splash in bitters, then slowly stir in 2 oz (60 mL) Kentucky bourbon. Finally, top with more ice and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

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White Russian cocktail
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Movie-Inspired Cocktails: White Russian

Inspiration: The Big Lebowski (1998)

Recipe: Pour 1½ oz (45 mL) vodka, ½ oz (15 mL) coffee liqueur and 1 oz (30 mL) half-and-half cream over ice in a rocks glass, and stir.

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French 75 is one of the most famous movie-inspired cocktails
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Movie-Inspired Cocktails: French 75

Inspiration: Casablanca (1942)

Recipe: In a mixing glass, shake 1 oz (30 mL) gin and ¼ oz (7 mL) each simple syrup and lemon juice with ice; strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon slice.

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Whiskey Sour cocktail
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Movie-Inspired Cocktails: Whisky Sour

Inspiration: The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Recipe: In a mixing glass, pour 2 oz (60 mL) Canadian whisky, ¾ oz (22 mL) each fresh lime and lemon juice, and simple syrup (to taste) over ice. Shake vigorously, then strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass; float amaretto on top to round out the drink.

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Movie-Inspired Cocktails: Cosmopolitan

Inspiration: Sex and the City (2008)

Recipe: In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 oz vodka, 2 oz cranberry juice, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 3/4 oz Cointreau and 1 cup of ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.

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Bloody Mary cocktail
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Movie-Inspired Cocktails: Bloody Mary

Inspiration: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Recipe: In a mixing glass, pour 1 cup of tomato juice, 1/4 cup vodka, 4 drops of hot red pepper sauce and 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce. Mix and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with a celery or cucumber stick.

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