Shaken, Not Stirred

Our Top Five Onscreen Concoctions


The silver screen and classy cocktails have long gone hand in hand. Looking for inspiration for your next round? Take a tip from the very best! By Georgia Clark.


White Russian, The Dude, “The Big Lebowski”

The Coen brothers’ classic stoner flick took the sweetly potent White Russian from faded obscurity back to being a cult hit among those in the know. Bartenders around the world can attest to its sharp rise in popularity, thanks to Jeff Bridges’ character The Dude barely being able to get through a day, scene or minute without it. It’s not Russian itself, but so named due it’s primary ingredient of vodka, and it’s white appearance thanks to milk or cream. Serve in a heavy glass with a side of irony. Anyone for bowling?


5 parts vodka

2 parts coffee liqueur (Kahlua is most popular)

3 parts fresh cream


Pour coffee liqueur and vodka over ice. Float fresh cream and stir in slowly.


Appletini, Christy Lee, “The Social Network”

Who could’ve guessed that ‘the Facebook film’ would be the hit of 2010; a well-told tale of sacrificing friends to make Friends (the online kind). And what does one order when planning a billion dollar company that’ll change the world? Ladies choice: appletinis. A sweet, clean and very drinkable cocktail, appletinis are an excellent choice for when your ladyfriend asks you to surprise her.


2 parts vodka

1/2 part Apple Pucker Schnapps or

1/2 part apple juice or cider


Combine preferred ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Old Fashioned, Don Draper, “Mad Men”

There’s no doubt about it: Don Draper would make an excellent drinking companion. In between the incessant chain-smoking, and the riveting confessions about his shady past, Don would keep you glued to your barstool. You’d be mad to knock back an invite for a long lunch with one of television’s most fascinating men. Don likes an Old Fashioned, one of the first drinks to even be called a cocktail. We’ll have the same – the way Don likes it, thanks.


2 oz. of bourbon

2 dashes of bitters

1 splash of water

1 tsp of superfine sugar

1 maraschino cherry

1 orange wedge

Let the sugar and water dissolve in the bottom of a large rocks glass. Add bitters, then the cherry and orange wedge. Muddle, then fill glass with ice. Add bourbon and stir.


Vodka martini, James Bond, “Bond” franchise

“Shaken, not stirred” is a phrase as well known as the film’s hero himself. But why did Mr Bond insist upon such pedantic preparations of his beloved martinis? No, not to avoid ‘bruising’ of the gin, and no, it wasn’t a question of flavor. When Ian Fleming was creating his iconic hero in the ’50s, most vodka was produced from potatoes. This kind of vodka had an oily aftertaste, but shaking it with ice with diminished this more than stirring. Make that your next dinner party anecdote! We’ll use the recipe Bond, James Bond, did in the novel “Casino Royale”, 1953.


3 part Gordons

1 part vodka

½ part Kina Lillet

Lemon peel


Shake very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Serve in a deep champagne goblet.


Blood and Sand, Juan Gallardo, “Blood and Sand”

“Blood and Sand” is a classic silent American drama starring the Italian pin-up, Rudolph Valentino. Valentino was his day’s George Clooney, and his unexpected death in NYC at age 31 caused mass hysteria in the city streets. In “Blood and Sand” he played a poor village boy who grew up to become the greatest matador in Spain. The Blood and Sand cocktail was invented in the film, and the unusual paring of Scotch and cherry brandy make it a must-try.


3/4 parts Scotch whisky

3/4 parts rosso vermouth

1/4 parts cherry brandy

1 1/2 part orange juice


Shake over ice cubes, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.



About Georgia

I'm a young adult novelist with a weakness for hot nerds and cheese platters, not necessarily in that order. I am currently working on my third novel. I'm pretty excited about having just turned 30 because it means I can justify spending a lot of time thinking about homewares.
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