We’re kicking off our TV & Movies category with a clips from AMC’s Mad Men. A blast from the past where you smoked at work and the afternoon cocktail was required by employee manuals everywhere. Check out the first season of Mad Men at Amazon.com, and don’t miss the soundtrack.
TV & Movies from Mr. Booze
Thanks to the wonders of the internet (and Hulu.com) we bring you a full episode of AMC’s Mad Men. The is the season two premiere.
Many scenes in the early cinema took place in bars and cocktail lounges and it seems almost every halfway well-to-do character had a liquor cabinet or wet bar in their trendy apartment. Cocktails were found in all parts of the daily lives of the characters on screen. All of these great moments in cinema history can be relived anytime you wish as you sit down for a quiet evening with your favorite cocktail, “shaken, not stirred.” Below are a few unforgettable cocktail scenes…
Created in New Orleans sometime in the early 1800s, the Sazerac has to be mentioned first because it very well may be America’s first ever cocktail. Originally made with Cognac, this subtle yet heady sipper is mentioned (and consumed) frequently in the Frank Capra film State of The Union (1948) starring Kathrine Hepburn.
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 2 Dashes of Bitters
- 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
- 2 dashes Absinthe or Pernod
- Lemon curl
Soak the sugar cube in the bitters and mash into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Rye and shake it like you mean it. Pour the Absinthe (or Pernod) into a chilled rocks glass and swirl it around to coat the inside edges of the glass evenly. Strain the contents of your shaker into the glass and garnish with the lemon curl.
Also known as the iconic Emperor of Cocktails ! Made traditionally with Gin and olives, practically every movie and TV show made between 1930 and 1970 featured someone drinking a Martini, but for some reason I always think of Bettie Davis in All About Eve (1950) and her famous line “Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy night!”.
- 2 oz. Gin or Vodka
- 1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth
- 2 Olives
Fill half a cocktail shaker with ice and shake or stir the Gin (or Vodka) and the Vermouth according to the wishes of the well-dressed secret agent who wants it. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with the Olives skewered on a Martini pick.
007 Martini (The Vesper)
Now this is a cocktail made by someone who really knows his alcohol! James Bond, English secret agent and liquor aficionado concocted this exact recipe in Ian Lemming’s novel “Casino Royal”. Bond has been immortalized by many actors in many movies, but the character’s trademark line “Shaken, not stirred” has never changed.
- 3 Ounces of Dry Gin
- 1 Ounce Vodka
- ½ Ounce Lillet Wine Aperitif
Softly shake combined ingredients with cracked-ice in cocktail shaker (be careful, you don’t want this one clouding up) ‘till your fingers freeze.
Serve up in a martini glass with a strip of lemon peel as a garnish.
Darrin, the buggy-eyed husband of Samantha on the long-running TV show Bewitched was an old fashioned man in more ways then one. In just about every episode Darrin or his equally alcoholic boss Larry Tate were dashing to the bar or their office liquor cabinet for much needed work incentive.
- 2 ounces Bourbon (this drink was made for Early Times)
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 White Sugar Cube
- Soda Water.
Place sugar cube in an old fashioned glass and soak with the bitters. Add a splash of soda to cover the cube and crush cube with a bar spoon. Add cracked ice to near top of glass. Add bourbon to fill. Stir and garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry. I add a twist of lemon peel.
Make it two, please… I insist. This particular libation featured prominently in one of my all-time favorite classic films, Casablanca (1942). A truly refined drink for exotic tavern owners, black market businessmen, or freedom fighters on the run from Nazis.
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 2-3 Dashes of Bitters
- 1 oz. Brandy
- Orange Slice
Soak the suagr cube in the bitters and brandy, and place in the bottom of a Champagne flute. top with Champagne and garnish with an orange slice.
Manhattan is without a doubt the Mafia boss, libation to outlaws, hardened working men, and the women who love ‘em. Speaking of, Marilyn Monroe was a fan of the Manhattan, showcasing it in the comedy Some Like It Hot (1959).
- 2 ounces good Bourbon or Rye. The choice between the two is really a matter of preference or how you may be feeling that evening. I love Rye. It’s spicy and more peppery than Bourbon, but I also adore the smoky and vanilla flavors of Bourbon. Really good/expensive Bourbon or Rye should be enjoyed with a few cubes of ice only. I save my Small-Batch Bourbons for sipping. I use Early Times, Knob Creek or Makers Mark for my Manhattans. Just depends on how much money you have in your wallet when you hit the liquor store.
- 1 once of Sweet Vermouth
- 4 dashes bitters (orange if you can get ‘em)
- Just a touch (a teaspoon or so) of your Maraschino Cherry Brine.