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It’s Oscar time again. And on Sunday, I suggest you get dressed up and fix a round of drinks before settling in for the red-carpet coverage and awards ceremony. It only makes sense, since cocktails and movies are as natural an American pairing as apple pie and ice cream. Drinks are a specialized tool for a film director: An elixir can move a plot forward or define a moment perfectly, give the audience a belly laugh or pull us to the darkest corners of a character’s life.

In The Godfather Part II, I’m convinced that when Fredo, half in the bag already, pesters his brother about the Spanish word for banana Daiquiri, Michael Corleone makes a mental note to spend some time alone with him at the lake house.

One of the most famous silver-screen bars is Rick’s Café Americain in Casablanca, and what the characters order there says a lot about them. In a dramatic scene, Victor Lazlo, a leader of the Czech underground, requests two glasses of Cointreau, but Nazi sympathizer Captain Renault waves off the order and brings him champagne instead. Lazlo tries to refuse unsuccessfully. The next day, Lazlo asks for two cognacs, refusing steadfastly to have champagne, a celebratory beverage, in Nazi-occupied Casablanca.

Some of my favorite cocktail pairings on film are in Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch. Marilyn Monroe has bubbly with potato chips, and for Tom Ewell, it’s two whiskey sours with a peanut butter sandwich (for breakfast, of course).

The martini has been featured in so many movies it deserves an Academy Award. According to the spectacular book The Martini by Barnaby Conrad III, there was a period in Hollywood history when directors even called the last shot of the day a "martini shot."

Some of the martini’s scenes are comic, as in 1958’s Auntie Mame, when 10-year-old Patrick prepares a martini for Mr. Babcock of the Knickerbocker Bank. The mood is anything but comic in All About Eve, which garnered 14 Oscar nominations (and six wins), when a combative Bette Davis slams back her first dry martini and like a good stewardess instructs the group to fasten their seatbelts for a bumpy night.

The Vesper, a twist on the martini, is famously shaken for special agent James Bond in Casino Royale. But Joan Crawford’s classic dry martini is most definitely stirred in 1946’s drama Humoresque, whose screenplay was co-written by Clifford Odets.

Nick and Nora Charles knock off martinis like toy soldiers one-by-one in rapid succession in the Thin Man series as they effortlessly solve crimes between sips.

During the Oscars, I’ll certainly be having a martini. Just make mine with gin, stirred, wet, and very cold, with a small chilled pimiento-less Spanish olive and a twist… and when you choose the glass, remember: I want a drink; I don’t want a bath.

Click here to find Dale Degroff's recipes for a whiskey sour and champagne cocktail.

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Silver Screen Sips: Famous Cocktails and Drinks in Movies

The actors and actresses aren't the only stars in these movies. Some films put cocktails, mixed drinks, and other alcoholic beverages in the spotlight. From The Big Lebowski's White Russian to Silence of the Lamb's Chianti, we're taking a look of some of the famous beverages that have appeared in blockbusters from Hollywood.Love reminiscing? Check out some of our favorite food moments in film.

In the late '90s, The Big Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi, became an instant cult classic. "The Dude," Jeff Bridges' character, was defined by his shaggy sweater, long locks, dark sunglasses, and strong preference for White Russians, a velvety cocktail typically made with a coffee liqueur, milk, and vodka. If he wasn't drinking one, he was carrying one, finishing one, or finding ways to make one in other peoples' houses. Sounds easy enough &mdash try one at home! (Shades optional.)

"Three Orange Whips!" declares John Candy's character in the famous film The Blues Brothers, right before the major fund-raising scene. Following its film debut, the cocktail &mdash rum and vodka mixed with cream and orange juice &mdash experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Hey, if the brothers blue think it's cool, we can't argue with that.

A classy drink for a classy film! In the movie, a character who isn't supposed to drink finds himself at a meeting with Bruce Willis' character, Peter Fallow. In the absence of his wife, who would never let him drink, the man orders a Sidecar. The classic cocktail, which contains cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or another triple sec), and lemon juice, is still very popular today.

Bridget Jones, that lovable, bright, vulnerable character from the popular books and films that share her name, always had a penchant for liquor. At one point in the first film Jones declares triumphantly that she's going to soothe a broken heart with Chaka Khan and. vodka! Jones's later choice is a crisp white wine &mdash a chardonnay &mdash proving she's a lady after all.

Three parts signature bite, one part sugar, this drink is bittersweet &mdash just like the ending of the classic film. Named for a French field artillery gun used in World War I, this cocktail is all attitude. Think this is your cocktail of choice? "Here's looking at you, kid!"

You might not engage in international espionage in a suit like 007 or have a martini named after you like Casino Royale's leading lady, but you can share in their sophisticated taste by sipping this drink. Go easy, though the one-two punch of vodka and gin may leave you feeling "shaken, not stirred."

Not a lot of things were cooler than Tom Cruise in the '80s, right? In Cocktail, a young Cruise flipped and flung shot glasses and bottles into the air, impressing women right and left. One drink, however, was more practical than flashy. The "Red Eye," a purported hangover cure-all, is a mix of Lager, tomato juice, and egg. If that's not appetizing, you may just want to stick with coffee.

You can enjoy vermouth as an apéritif (an alcoholic drink served with a meal to stimulate appetite), mixed in various cocktails, cooked with fish, or as a meat marinade. Unlike Phil Connors, who had to take his the same way every day, you can try all of vermouth's possibilities. Whether you love it like Rita or hate it like Phil, remember to keep track of how many you've had since you (unlike Phil) can't escape tomorrow's headache.

After several Midnight Margaritas, you might dance around the house like the wonderfully wacky Owens family witches in Practical Magic. All you need for a night of magic (minus the mayhem) is quality tequila, company, and tunes.

So many drinks were consumed during Sex and the City's run on TV and the big screen. The long-running show charted the four main characters' experiences trying almost every trend in drink, dining, fashion, and men. Yet one constant remained: the cosmos.

There are so many quotable lines from the brilliantly frightening Silence of the Lambs, which starred a brave Jodie Foster alongside genius actor Sir Anthony Hopkins. Anyone who has seen the film recalls the line about "fava beans and a nice Chianti." (Cue the chills.)

Sure, men have cross-dressed in newer movies than Some Like it Hot, but those films don't have mobsters, jazz music, and Marilyn Monroe. This heady mixture can only be matched by the film's standout drink, the Manhattan, with its equally stiff combination of sweet vermouth, whiskey, and bitters. Top it off with a maraschino cherry for the ultimate unisex cocktail.

What time is it? "Suntory Whiskey time," declares a mildly depressed Bob Harris (played by Bill Murray) in Sophia Coppola's Lost in Translation. Harris spends a few hilarious moments doing a commercial spot for "Suntory Whiskey" during his stay at a quirky Japanese hotel. Sullen and sensitive, the gentleman seeks comfort &mdash in the form of whiskey &mdash at the bar while suffering from a bout of insomnia. Luckily, he meets a girl who also suffers from lack of sleep. Cheers!


1.The Heist Movie & 50/50

A good heist movie relies on planning, figuring out all the angles and, ideally, a montage scene assembling a crack team of experts with incredibly specific skill sets. Like the best heist films, the 50/50 is a drink aware of the devil being in the details. A standard Martini is obviously elegant and, when made right, a beautiful thing. It’s also strong. The 50/50 variation, with its even split of dry vermouth and gin, will keep you sharp through the twists and turns and inevitable double crossings.


Disney-Inspired Cocktails For Adults Who Don't Want To Grow Up

Looks like Peter Pan isn’t alone in never wanting to grow up.

For adult Disney-fans who want to channel their inner child — while also getting their drink on — the Disney Food Blog has created cocktails based on our all-time favorite flicks, like Frozen, Cinderella and Peter Pan that are colorful, sweet and simple (three things important for those of us who are not professional mixologists.)

These drinks, created by Cocktails by Cody, are further evidence that Disney-themed celebrations aren’t just for children under 12: You could already wear a Disney-inspired wedding gown to your nuptials, and now you can complete the theme with these matching cocktails.

But they’re also perfect for those non-celebratory scenarios, too. Here are a few recommendations for how to best Disney drink your sorrows away:

– Get home from a bad first date who gave you the cold shoulder? Sip on Elsa’s Frozen-inspired cocktail 𠇌oldfront” (made with white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps and milk) as you cry-sing your way through “Let It Go” and scroll through Tinder.

– Have a bad day at work and having one of those �ing an adult sucks” kind of moments? Play (Captain) hooky the next day and make yourself the Peter Pan-inspired drink “Lost Boy” (made with Midori, peach schnapps and Malibu) while you watch an old episode of Friends on Netflix after calling in sick.

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– In a fight with your best friend? Try the “sassy” Tinker Bell-inspired sipper �iry Dust” (made with honey vodka, triple sec and cider), while you watch Mean Girls and catch up on the latest gossip.

– Having writers block or a creative slump? Try the Alice In Wonderland-inspired cocktail dubbed 𠇌urious Confection” (with creme de banana, blue curacao, Malibu and orange vodka). While it won’t make you hallucinate your way into Wonderland per se, the drink looks real pretty.

– Having family problems? Instead of yelling, try drinking the Tangled-inspired drink, sarcastically-titled “Mother Knows Best,” (made with hibiscus vodka, rose water liqueur and sparkling cranberry juice). In that movie, the mother was evil. Your mother is likely not evil, so the hope is in comparison to being locked away in a tower and held hostage, your problems won’t seem so bad!

– Having other issues not listed? Go to the cure-all cocktail inspired by The Lion King, aptly titled “No Worries” (with peach vodka, amaretto and orange juice mango). And come on, be happy!

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Get the rest of the recipes here. And drink responsibly, like an adult (because remember, you’re not actually in Neverland).


Smokey and the Bandit

This simple yet full-flavored, three-ingredient cocktail is courtesy of New York mixologist Michael Gellert. Liquore Strega and Averna Amaro ingredients give this cocktail a minty and sweet caramel flavor profile, combined with the light smoke of the Espadîn with undertones of fruit and white pepper.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Stir and strain over a fresh large cube in a rocks glass.
  2. Garnish with a smoked salt rim.

Timballo di Maccheroni

Serves 6
Skill Level: Advanced
Time 6: hours

Ingredients:

For the filling
14 oz. tomato purée
¾ lb. lean pork
¾ lb. lean beef
12 oz. maccheroni
7 oz. aged provola, diced
3 oz. pancetta
1 large egg
4 large eggs, hard-boiled
1 onion
tomato paste
flour – red wine – parsley – fresh rosemary – fresh thyme
extra-virgin olive oil – peanut oil
salt – pepper

For the top crust
2 ½ cups flour
5 oz. butter
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks – salt

For the filling
Mince the pancetta and onion separately, then brown for 5 minutes in a saucepan with 3 Tbsp. oil, 1 rosemary sprig, and a few thyme leaves. Add the 2 pieces of whole meat and brown them on both sides over a high flame for 5-6 minutes. Add 1/2 cup red wine, let simmer for a few minutes, then add the tomato purée and 2 Tbsp. tomato paste and cover.

Cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Then remove the lid and continue cooking for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let cool. Setting aside the tomato sauce, remove the meat, cut it into pieces and grind together with 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. minced parsley, adding salt and pepper to taste. Shape into walnut-sized balls and pour enough peanut oil into a pan to cover when frying. Roll them in the flour and fry for 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. Boil the maccheroni, draining it 3-4 minutes prior to the time indicated on the package, then cover with the tomato sauce.

For the top crust
Combine the butter, flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt into a sandy mixture. Mix it with 2 egg yolks and 2 Tbsp. water. Shape it into a smooth ball, cover, and let rest for 1 hour.

For the timballo
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the hard-boiled eggs into wedges. Roll the dough out until it’s paper thin and use it to line a greased 8” hemisphere mold. In it, layer the maccheroni, the hard-boiled eggs, the meatballs, and the provola, and top with another layer of maccheroni. Fold over the edges of the dough and gently press down to even its surface. Bake for around 1 hour. Let the timballo cool slightly in its mold, then turn upside-down onto a platter and serve.

The Post (2017)
When Tom Hanks invites the Washington Post’s editors for dinner to discuss publishing the Pentagon Papers, his wife prepares this pasta.


8 Timeless Cocktails Inspired By The Golden Age Of Hollywood

Mix yourself a Greta Garbo or a Mae West, if you're feeling adventurous.

From Jean Harlow to Charlie Chaplin, these sublime sips honor Old Hollywood's classic stars.

You guessed it &ndash this gin-based cocktail has a strong ginger flavor to toast its namesake. And much like Rogers herself, is undeniably refreshing.

Ingredients:
Mint leaves
Ginger-pepper syrup
Gin
Lemon juice
Ice cubes

A concoction of sloe gin and apricot brandy, this easy-to-mix drink is the perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Ingredients:
Sloe gin
Apricot brandy
Lime juice

Garbo rose to fame during the era of the silent film, but don't expect this cocktail to lack punch. Add a splash of maraschino liqueur, lime juice, and a pinch of sugar to light rum, shake with ice, and enjoy.

Ingredients:
Light Rum
Maraschino liqueur
Anise liqueur
Lime juice
Sugar
Ice cubes

In the 1930s, blonde bombshell Jean Harlow took Hollywood by storm and brought a sexier side to the silver screen. The cocktail she inspired, though, is a reflection of the actress' sweeter side: a vermouth and rum martini.

Ingredients:
Light rum
Sweet vermouth
Lemom peel (for garnish)

Known for her controversial humor and va-va-voom look, the brandy-based cocktail West inspired is just as zesty as she was thanks to a hint of cayenne pepper.

Ingredients:
1 egg yolk
Brandy
Superfine sugar
Cayenne pepper

Collins began acting in the 1950s, but it wasn't until her role in the hit '80s series Dynasty that she became a household name. The gin drink created in her honor has just the right mix of sweet and sour.

Ingredients:
Gin
Violet liqueur
Sparkling mineral water
Orange rind
Maraschino cherries

Admittedly, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel wasn't a movie star, but she did design the wardrobes for a number of movies in the 1930s. The Champagne cocktail named after her is a classic, and is completed with a Chanel No. 5-infused spearmint garnish.

Ingredients:
Lillet blanc
Lemon juice
Simple syrup
Lemon peel
Rosewater


1. Spritz Veneziano (Aperol Spritz)

The spritz Veneziano is also known as the Aperol spritz or, in Italy, simply a spritz. It became popular as a summer drink in Northern Italy and has come to be associated with Italian summer. The Aperol spritz has a beautiful sunset color and a bittersweet, fizzy flavor profile thanks to the use of bitter orange flavored spirit Aperol. Make it with a dry Italian sparkling wine, Prosecco, for a bittersweet and refreshing cocktail that will tickle your nose with its bubbles and your tastebuds with its flavors.


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Try These 30 Best [Disney Themed Party Cocktails] For Grown Ups

Disney’s characters are an inspiration for many of our children’s parties.

While they are having fun with the colorful decorations, balloons, and sweets all made in the image of in their favorite Disney character, the adults are left out, watching from the sidelines.

Now, with these cocktail recipes, we too can enjoy a good-old Disney themed party.

1. Mickey Mouse

We start you off with the classic Disney character, Mickey Mouse. And just like he is in the movies, this cocktail is laid-back and enjoyable. Not too strong, of course.

2. Snow White, Grumpy And The Apple

Now, this is what you call a party. Someone will be crying at the end of the night, you can be sure about that. It is just the question of who drinks what. But it is a great idea for a themed party. Hopefully, alcohol can turn Grumpy into a happy and cheerful person.

3. Alice

Alice has always been this innocent, and rather a naive person. You can think of the cocktail in the same way. It looks rather drinkable at first sight, but after a while, you see the alcohol reacting. And remember, it took Alice some time to figure things out. We are just surprised there are no mushrooms in there.

4. The Mad Hatter

This is a cocktail you can drink all day long. The Mad Hater drank tee all day long, and this is a cocktail for the same purpose. It is refreshing, and not so strong. Definitely, something you must try. And no, it is not a Mojito.

5. The Queen Of Hearts And The Cheshire Cat

With so many different cocktails derived from Alice in Wonderland, by now you are probably thinking, I am gonna throw a themed party. We support you in doing so, and we’ve got the cocktails to help you and your friends have a blast.

6. Peter Pan

Peter doesn’t want to grow up. And this cocktail is more like one made for a child, than an adult. Just look at the ingredients, all liqueurs. No strong alcohol in there.

7. Tinkerbell

Sprinkle some of this cocktail and you might think you can fly. Well, that is what happens when you go over the top with any alcohol. But at least with the Tinkerbell cocktail, you will enjoy the ride getting there. Just be careful, it might make you extra jealous as well.

8. Captain Hook

You cannot have a Captain cocktail without some rum. If you want the best-spiced rum, we recommend Captain Morgan. It is your best way to pay tribute and homage to the greatest Captain in the world of Disney.

9. Princess Aurora

Princess Aurora is one drink that will help you sleep better despite being drunk. Now isn’t that the dream? Usually you have troubles sleeping due to alcohol. But with this cocktail, you will fall into a deep sleep mode.

10. Maleficent

It is just evil to serve this cocktail to your friends. It looks amazing, but you will get them drunk rather quick. But if that is what you are going for, then be our guest.

11. Cinderella

Your dreams might come true after drinking a couple of these. Imagine what would Cinderella do if she had alcohol? She might have been more courageous in raising her voice and standing up for herself.

12. Lady Tremaine

I have a hard time processing that an evil drink can be made with anything with chocolate. But this cocktail might not be as evil as the evil stepmother, one of the most hated characters in the Disney world. I assume many of you would rather throw this drink at her than drink it.

13. Princess Jasmin

Jasmine is a fan favorite, and her cocktail can be as well. Anytime you mix rum and blue curacao you get a tasty drink. Just ask any bartender. Sweet as Jasmine, this cocktail will help you dream of a land where anything you wish for can come true.

14. Jafar

Just looking at the cocktail, chills run through your skin. That is how scary Jafar was, and that is the same sentiment his cocktail brings to the table. Drink at your own risk. Or better said, drink if you dare.

15. Ariel

Safe warning: drinking this cocktail can seriously hamper your ability to speak. What looks innocent, is actually a strong cocktail. After a few of these, you might not be able to speak correctly. No, you will not lose your voice as Ariel, but your speaking will not be as clear.

16. Usrula

You just have to love the decoration of the cocktail. Prepare this at a party, and your guests will be amazed by your creativity. You just cannot resist it, you have to take a sip. But be careful of what is lurking behind the corner.

17. Hercules And Megara

I just love how these two are paired. And just as in the cartoon, it is not the big and muscular cocktail that brings you down. It is the small and deceiving one.

18. Hades

Hades approves this cocktail, that is for sure. As long as you are not one of his small minions drinking with a straw while he is concentrating on destroying the world, you are safe.

19. Simba

Simba is all positive and cheerful when he adopts the Hakuna Matata lifestyle. So no worries, for the rest of your day. Just drink your cocktail and enjoy the time you have.

20. Stitch

Do not worry, this cocktail is not genetically-engineered. Quite the contrary, it is one of the more normal cocktails on the list. And that is saying a lot about a drink that got its name after a genetically-engineered fictional cartoon character.

21. Cruella De Vil

Do not worry, there were no animals harmed for making this cocktail. But kudos for the spots on the glass. That might be the biggest challenge in preparing this drink.

22. Gaston

You can be sure you will sing a lot after drinking such a strong cocktail. The whiskey and amaretto will surely make you more confident in your abilities, and you will think you can conquer any beast. But stick to singing, that is a harmless activity.

23. Pocahontas

Becoming one with nature can mean a lot of different things. For example, it can mean you drink so much, and then pass out in the woods. Or sleep there. Now, one might say that is a great way to respect the wildlife princess, but who wants to wake up in the middle of nowhere?

24. Mulan And Mushu

These two were inseparable, and it is only logical that their drinks look like one another. You get a shot, and then you follow it up with a nice fancy cocktail in a martini glass.

25. Princess Tiana

Do not worry, there is not a frog in the glass you have to kiss. Or drink God forbid. It is just a nice and cool looking green cocktail, which might be a bit sour on taste. But that is because of the ginger.

26. Jack Skellington

With Halloween just around the corner, this is the cocktail you just have to serve. After all, Jack was the Pumpkin King of Halloween town. Scary, creepy, and tasty in the same time. Now isn’t that something you want on your Halloween table?

27. Rapunzel

The drink might not make your hair grow thicker and longer, but it will definitely help you get drunk. Champagne and vodka is a scary combination and one that is definitely not a girly drink.

28. Mother Gothel

This is another cocktail that you can serve for your Halloween party. Mother Gothel is a scary villain but in a creepy way. However, she is still a witch, and witches are a staple for Halloween.

29. Princess Anna

Princess Anna is the cheerful princess, one that takes care for her sister. And one that is worried her sister might be going in the wrong direction. It is your job to bring her back to the fold.

30. Queen Elsa

Let’s finish off with one of the most popular characters in the world of Disney nowadays. Kids love Elsa, and you can say she is the Mickey Mouse of this generation. It is only fitting we finish off with a cocktail in her name

For generations Disney has been a family oriented company, creating memorable and inspirational motion pictures and characters that many generations grew up with.

And once we’re all grown up, we must leave room for Disney to enter the hearts of our children. But, some grown-up still wants to experience the Disney magic, but there aren’t many Disney themed parties for grown ups.

However, there are some Disney cocktails for grown-ups. Mixologist Cody Winfrey has created many tantalizing cocktails using many Disney characters for his inspiration.

The best part is that they are so easy, anyone can make them. So choose your favorite drink and prepare a Disney cocktail party that every adult would love.

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