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Annie’s Cocktail

Perhaps the obvious choice of a Manhattan is not a fitting one for Annie, played by Diane Keaton in the Academy Award winning film ”Annie Hall” (1977), it certainly doesn’t fit her personality nor her dress style (the latter created by costume designer Ruth Morley prompted ”The Annie Hall Look”, the “layering of oversized, mannish blazers over vests, billowy trousers or long skirts, a man's tie, and boots” [2]).

 A few attempts at creating a fitting drink for someone ”who grew up in a Norman Rockwell painting” have been made; personally I liked best this foamy lavender-pinkish creation found at ‘s “Food and Drink” [1] , which is… what was it I wanted to add? … oh well … "la-dee-da, la-dee-da." (as Annie liked to say)

*The Annie Hall Cocktail”

The cocktail:
2 oz tequila blanco
1/2 oz lavender syrup (see below)
1 oz white grapefruit juice
1 egg white
grapefruit twist for garnish

Lavender Simple Syrup:
1 cup (250 mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) dried lavender

For the lavender syrup, bring water and sugar to a boil over high heat in a small saucepan and add lavender. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes, strain, discard lavender and refrigerate until chilled.

For the cocktail, shake (without ice) tequila, syrup, juice and egg white in a cocktail shaker, add ice; and shake again 25 to 30 times. Strain ingredients into a coupe and garnish with a grapefruit twist.


#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #anniehall #woodyallen #manhattan

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The Cool Running

Although sipping a few of these cocktails might prompt you to quote Sanka ...

Derice: ”Sanka you dead?”
Sanka: ”Ya, mon.”

… but then you could always kiss the lucky egg ... or anyone else within reach. And if your advances are not appreciated …

Yul: (who is bald) ”How about I beat your butt right now?”
Sanka: ”How about I draw a line down the middle of your head so it looks like a butt?”

The rest you can read for yourself at IMDb :-) . Here’s the recipe, kind of a Planter’s Punch:for postdocs:

1/2 oz Captain Morgan spiced rum
1/2 oz Malibu rum
1/2 oz Bacardi Limon
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz orange juice
1 splash grenadine
1 splash Rose's lime juice
1 splash Bacardi 151
an orange wedge
a cherry
crushed ice
two straws

Combine crushed ice with all ingredients, except Bacardi 151, in a tumbler, shake, then add a splash of Bacardi 151 on top, place an orange wedge on the rim of the glass, drop in a cherry and serve with two straws (for a heightened flow rate :-) .

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #coolrunnings #johncandy

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Tyne Daly’s Greyhound

If you happen to be wondering about the attached still, it shows Ms. Daly as Maria Callas in ”Master Class” at the  Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway in 2011 ( ). It is a far cry from her ingenue beginnings as Kate in Dirty Harry’s ”The Enforcer” or IT nerd Dotty in ”Telefon” (1977). 

In view of her late burgeoning career, the Greyhound cocktail seems rather fitting, and there’s even a history to this drink: "The cocktails were made of vodka, sugar, and canned grapefruit juice -- a greyhound. This cocktail was served at Greyhound's popular restaurant chain that was located at bus terminals, called 'Post House'." (Harper's Magazine, 1945)

1 part Vodka
3 parts grapefruit juice (pink would be perfect)
1 grapefruit wedge

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes, add all the ingredients and garnish with (pink) grapefruit.

Add a salt rim and you’ve got a Salty Dog.

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #tynedaly #greyhound #saltydog

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Maggie Smith’s Between the Sheets

Known by most today for her roles as Violet Crawley in ”Downton Abbey” [2010-15] or Minerva McGonagall in the ”Harry Potter” franchise, one forgets that Maggie Smith had a distinguished, even illustrious career before being typecast as elderly dowager or schoolmarn, raking in two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes along the way.

”The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) established her as a serious actress and a number of comedies such as ”Murder by Death ” (1976) and ”California Suite” (1978)] as well as star-vehicles à la Agatha Christie’s [”Death on the Nile” (1978) and ”Evil Under the Sun” (1982)] kept her in the public eye, but her best work seemed to go mostly unnoticed: ”Travels With My Aunt” (1972), ”A Room With a View” (1985). ”Gosford Park” (2001), ”Ladies in Lavender” (2004) and more.

The Between the Sheets Cocktail, the drink Maggie Smith offers Peter Ustinov (a.k.a. Hercule Poirot) in ”Evil Under the Sun” (1982) dates back to 1930s Paris, either a Harry MacElhone (Harry's New York Bar) creation or the apéritif du jour for working girls in French brothels; either way ...

1 oz. white rum
1 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. cognac
cocktail glass

Shake rum, Cointreau, juice, and cognac well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #maggiesmith #betweenthesheets

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The Dorothy Parker Cocktail

What can be written about Ms. Parker, a brilliantly gifted, caustically witty, non-conformist satirist, that hasn’t been said better by others, and most readers will presumably know her anyway, so let us narrow it down to the subject matter of this collection: film and drink.

Ms. Parker’s move to Hollywood in the mid-1930s triggered her second career as a screenwriter, with films such as ”A Star is Born” (1937) and an original screenplay for Hitchcock’s ”Saboteur” (1942), and lasted until being blacklisted by the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), her 1.000+ page FBI file must make good reading.

Although Esquire and The New Yorker have listed  Whiskey Sour, Martinis or Manhattans as Ms. Parker’s favorite drinks, there is also a cocktail named after her worth mentioning: The Dorothy Parker.

1 1/2 Citrus Vodka
1/2 Triple Sec
1/4 Chambord Liqueur
1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice
champagne (or sparkling wine) to top off

Shake all ingredients except champagne, strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass and top off with champagne.

Some Dorothy Parker quotes to set the mood:

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” 
(in reference to Benito Mussolini's ”The Cardinal's Mistress”.)

“Tell him I was too f**king busy-- or vice versa.”

“I wish I could drink like a lady
I can take one or two at the most
Three and I’m under the table
Four and I’m under the host”_
(Dorothy Parker)

Trivia I: If you have ever caught an episode of ”Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007) then you might have noticed the Dorothy Parker tribute by the show’s creator Ms. Amy Sherman-Palladino by way of the production company’s name: “Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions”.

Trivia II: The New York Distilling Company named one of their two flagship gins after her: The Dorothy Parker Gin [1] which has spawned a number of cocktails in her honour, see .

[1] New York Distilling Company - 

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #dorothyparker #gin #astarisborn #saboteur #vodka #chambord #triplesec

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Bing’s Bogey

For once, Bogey is not short for Bogart but for a drink in honour of Bing Crosby’s prowess at golf, probably at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Tournament which was initiated by Crosby for charity purposes in the 1930s and is a regular event since the 1940s.

Much lore has come from this tourney well worth googling, such as Jim McKay, ABC commentator, telling a nationwide television audience in 1969: 

"And now here's Jack Lemmon, about to hit that all-important eighth shot." 

… or comedian Phil Harris, commenting after sinking a 90 foot putt: 

"How about that, Bing. Ain't this a helluva blow to clean living?"

Bing Crosby’s love for the sport is legendary, he even turned down a potentially (today we know: hugely) profitable NBC deal to play Columbo on television since it might interfere with his golfing schedule (btw: Lee J. Cobb also turned down the part, but for other reasons).

Bourbon Bogey with Pastis

1 oz gin 
1 oz dry vermouth 
1/4 oz bourbon 
1/4 oz pastis 
1 dash fresh lemon juice

Stir in mixing glass with ice, strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass

Scotch Bogey with Absinthe

1 oz gin 
1 oz dry vermouth 
1/4 oz scotch 
2 drops  absinthe 
1 dash fresh lemon juice

Stir in mixing glass with ice, strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #bogey #bingcrosby #pebblebeach #jimmckay #philharris

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The Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell, as talented and classically beautiful as she was brilliantly funny, is remembered for ”The Women” (1939), ”Auntie Mame” (1958) and her signature performance as Hildy Johnson in Howard Hawks’ ”His Girl Friday” (1940), ranked #28 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006), and remaining one of the fastest paced screwball comedies ever made ( +SPOILER ALERT+ ).

Roz’s own Rosalind Russell Cocktail

1 oz. Aquavit (Danish Aalborg Aquavit would be nice)
1/2 oz. Vermouth 
1 twist lemon peel

Stir into a collins glass and garnish.

Full movie on YouTube - 

Source Bar None Drinks - 

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #rosalindrussell #hisgirlfriday

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Clarence’s Mulled wine

Now in what category, as polled by the BBC TV magazine "Radio Times", does ”It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) come in second, right behind 1st placed “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994)?

”It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) is continuously ranked among the first 25 to 50 best films, and 2nd in best films never to have won an Academy Award, the 1st being “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994). This lack of Oscar honours seems surprising but is at least in part explained by two facts:

1) the film was originally slated or a 1947 release by RKO but was quickly rescheduled to the Christmas Holidays of ‘46 due to delays in postproduction and printing of ”Sinbad, the Sailor” (1947) which allowed for less promotion and advertising, and …

2) the film was pitted against the big 1946 winner: William Wyler's ”The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) which premiered only a week earlier.

But, as we all know, the film found its way into our hearts in the following decades and added one more brilliant title to director Frank Capra’s impressive lists of credits including ”Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) and ”Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944). It also marked Gloria Grahame’s first meaningful step on her way to stardom (after her debut in ”Blonde Fever” [1944]), the irresistible and beautifully shady femme fatale went on to star in of a number of film noirs, among these, Nicholas Ray’s ”In a Lonely Place” (1950) at the side of Humphrey Bogart.

But our recipe is not, as one might assume, a cocktail consumed by Violet (Gloria Grahame) in some Pottersville girly joint, but rather in Nick’s Bar by an Angel in waiting ( ):

Clarence (Henry Travers): “I was just thinking of a Flaming Rum Punch. No, it’s not called that and it’s not nearly cold enough anyway. Wait a minute, wait a minute, I got it. A mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves. There we go, off with you lad and look lively.”

Mulled wine

1 bottle dry red wine
2 oz brandy
6 whole cloves
1 orange, zested
cinnamon sticks or freshly ground nutmeg (optional)

Combine ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer, but do not boil. Stir occasionally over low heat for 20-25 minutes, then ladle into mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks or freshly ground nutmeg.

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #itsawonderfullife #mulledwine #frankcapra

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Al’s Bullshot

No, not Ty’s (Chevy Chase) quaint way of consuming a tequila ( ), but the heroic role model of us all, Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) and his Bullshot is pegged to represent ”Caddyshack” (1980) in this collection, one of those eminently silly slapstick, over-the-top, Friday-night drinking game movies, but still classy enough to quote Sartre …

Carl Spackler [Bill Murray, preparing to dynamite the gopher tunnel]:
”In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, ‘Au revoir, gopher’.' 

…  movies which belong somewhere on shelf or hard drive together with ...

”Duck Soup” (1933)
”The Court Jester” (1955)
”It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963)
”Animal House” (1978)
”The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977)
”Airplane!” (1980)
”Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982)
”The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” (1988)
”Happy Gilmore” (1996)

… and a few selected others, preferably including Buster Keaton, The Keystone Kops, The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy titles … you’re very welcome to supply suggestions :-)

The Bullshot

2 oz. vodka
1/2 cup beef bouillon
1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 dash tabasco
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch salt
lemon wheel for garnish

Combine all ingredients except the vodka, in a small pot or saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring constantly. Pour over vodka in mug, stir to combine and garnish.

#drinks #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #bullshot #caddyshack #chevychase

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Dotty’s Dubonnet with a Twist

In "Tootsie" (1982) the charming Dotty (Dustin Hoffman) orders this drink at the Russian Tea Room as she is revealing “her” double identity to her manager ( ), by the way, played by Sydney Pollack the film’s director, who often takes on smaller parts in his productions. Also, if one looks close, a ravishing, scantily dressed Geena Davis can be spotted in her screen debut. This film has but one weak spot:

A Dubonnet straight, with or without a twist, is, in my opinion, uniquely undrinkable :-). Dubonnet, one of the quinquinas such as Lillet or the Americanos, does go nicely with gin, vodka, whiskey and a number of spirits, usually in a 1:1 ratio, such as:

1 1/2 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
1 1/2 oz. Gin
1 dash Angostura Bitters
lemon twist

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice, stir, and strain into a Martini glass.Garnish with a lemon twist.

#drinks    #cocktails #movies #film #recipe #dubonnet #tootsie
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