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Celebrity Cocktail Names and the Iconic Characters Who Drink Them

by admin on June 6, 2013

Celebrity Favorite Cocktail

If I had to, I would classify myself as “highly suggestible.” If I’m reading a book where the main character eats a Cobb salad, I have to stop what I’m doing and go get a Cobb salad. I get overwhelmed with an insatiable craving that I cannot ignore.

I also love movies. I’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands. And one thing I’ve noticed that celebrities do a lot in their films is drink. In fact, some characters are so fond of drinking that their favorite drinks have become synonymous with their on-screen personas. That’s the kind of thing you notice when you’re highly suggestible. It isn’t so bad, though, so long as I can steer clear of Bond marathons that start at 9:00 in the morning.

Let’s take a look at some of the more popular celebrity cocktail names.

 “The Dude” – Dude Lebowski, The Big Lebowski

HIS DRINK: White Russian

If you’ve ever watched this brilliant Coen brothers’ masterpiece, then you know there’s something a little “off” about the titular character (who prefers to be called simply “The Dude”). He’s got a different outlook on life, which is exactly why we love him. When Nihilists attack him in the bathtub, all he can think to say is, “Nice marmot.” When thugs urinate on his rug because they’ve mistaken him for a millionaire, he’s upset because “it really tied the room together.” And when he sidles up to the bowling alley bar, he orders himself a White Russian.

Fun Fact: To date, I haven

’t been able to get through watching The Big Lebowski without pausing to make myself one.

THE RECIPE:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • Light cream

Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice in an old fashioned glass. Top with light cream, and serve.

 “The Carrie”—Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

HER DRINK: Cosmopolitan

The massive popularity of Sex and the City has sparked a rebirth in the Cosmo. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw and her friends suck them down in between heated conversations about sex, and the city (okay, I’ve never seen the show. But I bet I’m not far off!).

The Cosmopolitan has always been considered a “girly drink” due to its pinkish coloring, but the popularity attributed to Sex and the City was the nail in the coffin. Very few guys will order the drink, which is tragic because it’s delicious. The cranberry and lime create a tartness that counters the sweetness of the Cointreau.

Side Note: When I first started drinking, I liked exactly this kind of flavored cocktail, while my girlfriend favored whisky, and other manly drinks. I was also horribly insecure, so she would order my drinks, and I would order hers, and we would subtly switch. Nowadays, though, I have no problem ordering myself an Appletini with an umbrella and pineapple.

THE RECIPE:

  • 1 ½ shots citrus vodka
  • ½ shot Cointreau
  • ¾ shot cranberry juice
  • ½ shot lime juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Shake the ingredients with ice, strain into martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.

 “The James Bond”—James Bond, Dr. No

HIS DRINK: Vodka Martini

The 007 franchise has been around for 50 years and has produced 23 films with 6 different incarnations of James Bond. At this point, one of the only things tying the series together is Bond’s legendary penchant for a vodka martini. And although he doesn’t order one in every film, he drinks them often enough. Even his adversaries know his drink order!

His iconic line, “Shaken, not stirred,” is how we’ve come to love the classic “Bond Martini,” and throughout the films, there have only been two departures from this method: in You Only Live Twice, Bond’s contact prepares the drink for him, and says, “That’s, um, stirred, not shaken. That was right, wasn’t it?” to which Bond replies, “Perfect” (what a gentleman). And then in Casino Royale, when the bartender asks whether he would like it shaken or stirred, Bond replies, “Do I look like I give a damn?” To be fair, he’d just lost millions in a poker game against a terrorist, so we’ll forgive him.

THE RECIPE:

  • ½ oz. vodka
  • ¾ oz. dry vermouth

Shake the vodka and vermouth together with ice in a shaker. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an olive, and serve.

It’s not just that they are icons who happen to be holding a cocktail; it’s so much more. They are our heroes, and the drink is often times just what they need. It’s their ambrosia. Bond can’t do what Bond does unless he does it with style, and a casual martini says, “Yeah, I’m that much better than everyone else.” The Dude just needed a little quiet time with Sam Elliott to learn that “sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you.” And Carrie… well, New York’s just a little bit better when you’re tipsy.

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