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My Dinner With Andre: Amaretto sour
In what might be called an inaction movie, playwright and actor Wallace Shawn and theatre director Andre Gregory, playing themselves, sit, talk and eat dinner. You have to be there. Anyway, there’s lots of drinking, all of which is concluded nicely by Wally’s ordering an amaretto. Keep the conversation going with this classic. 1½ oz amaretto ¾ oz lemon juice Shake with ice and strain into a small stemmed glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
The Big Lebowski: White Russian
It’s possible that certain non-alcoholic substances are more suitable for regular viewings of the Coen brothers masterpiece, but don’t forget about the Dude’s preferred cocktail. Also very good for people who like to get drunk but aren’t partial to the flavour of hard liquor. 1 oz Kahlua 2 oz vodka Cream to taste Pour over ice.
Tampopo: The Simple Sake
Truck driver shows up, has a fight, teaches woman how to make noodles. So goes one of the greatest food comedies of all time. If this movie doesn’t make you hungry, you have no stomach. Prior to a home ramen feast, whet your appetite with this refreshing sake and gin cocktail created by Julien Salomone of Boutique on Church Street. 1 oz London dry gin ¾ oz junmai sake ¾ oz lemon juice ½ oz ginger syrup Shake with ice and pour into a rocks glass.
Casino Royale: Vesper martini
It’s no secret that 007 likes his gin or vodka martinis shaken, not stirred, but this variation is Bond’s own creation, dating back to Ian Fleming’s 1953 Bond debut, Casino Royale. Daniel Craig orders one – named after the character Vesper Lynd – very precisely, in the 2006 film version. 1½ oz London dry gin ½ oz vodka ½ oz Lillet Blanc Shake over ice, strain into a martini glass and add a lemon twist.