are an American invention and
cinema is a well loved pastime in America.This collection combines both. Our most famous toast,
Here’s looking at you kid, came from the lips of
Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film, Casablanca. Also, in
Casablanca I believe the first liqueur brand was mentioned; Cointreau.
In 1955, I believe the first spirit brand was mentioned by Marlon
Brando in Guys & Dolls; Bacardi. In 1962 James Bond made the
Vodka Martini and Smirnoff vodka part of our cocktail verbiage
from the film Dr. No, and Tom Cruise jumpstarted flair & performance
bartending all over the world when he played a Flair Bartender
in the 1988 film, Cocktail.
have collected these cocktails seen and mentioned in film for
showing characters drinking beer, wine, Champagne toasts, and
countless shots are not recorded on this page (there are way too
many!). This collection of Silver Screen Cocktails is
dedicated to films that actually mention a specific cocktail,
show a specific cocktail, or have a bar setting. I also steer
away from drunken or alcoholism-type films in the collection.
You can find many of these in articles called Soused Cinema
from Garv that writes for
Modern Drunkard Magazine. He also has a Boose
you run across anything that I'm looking for please email me!
included a lot of YouTube links so that you can watch the scenes
talked about. This symbol
means that you can listen to a clip. Also, I discovered that 95%
of the cocktails in the Ben Reed book, Hollywood
Cocktails are incorrect, so I'm in the process of watching
the films from 1928 to the 1950s. I will remove them as I go.
The Adventurer; In his 62nd film, Charlie Chaplin makes
what appears to be a Whiskey and Soda.
But of course he makes it in "Chaplin style" by squirting
the soda into the bottle then drinking from the bottle then using
the cocktail glass as an ashtray. Later Charlie makes a cocktail
by taking all the used cocktail glasses and pouring their remains
into one. A butler popping open a Champagne
bottle is seen as well. The entire movie can be viewed here.
To see just the scene mentioned above click on the image below.
The Idle Class; Even though a
cocktail name is not mentioned or recognized, there is a
final and funny scene that shows Charlie Chaplin making
film was only 32 minutes long and it was the first film
that Charlie Chaplin wrote and directed (and starred).
on the image to see the scene on Youtube.
is a silent film. I haven't watched it yet, but plan to
so that I can see if Manhattans are drank in the film. I'm
curious because America was in prohibition from 1920-1933
and the posters show a cocktail glass.
The story line is about a small town couple moving to Manhattan
to make it big on Broadway.
Anna Christie; While not a real cocktail,
I still felt this is special because it was Greta Garbo's
first line in a talking movie. She says, "Gimme a whiskey.
Ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby."
Click on the image to see the clip on youtube.
You have to understand that the crossover from silent films
to a talkie was extremely scary for actors at this time.
Most thought talkies would never be a hit and their careers
would be over.
Joan Crawford drinks a Sherry Flip.
The Thin Man; William Powell and Myrna Loy
drink Knickerbockers and Martinis.
William Powell also instructs the Bartender how to make
drinks, "The important thing is the rhythm. Always
have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you always
shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry
martini you always shake to waltz time." You can
see a video of this here.
Office Hours; Clark Gable and Constance Bennett drink
Dry Martinis with one olive.
Top Hat; A Horse's Neck
is ordered, but doesn't specify which kind.
Last Night; Sidecars, Champagne, Wine, and
Scotch & Sodas. Interesting how
they created a girl cocktail glass poster.
His Brother's Wife; Robert Taylor drinks a Gin
Man Godfrey; David Niven plays a butler and helps
himself to Vodka Martinis.
Property; Robert Taylor drinks a Champagne
Day’s a Holiday; Mae West plays the charming
Peaches O'Day. The movie is set in 1899.
is the movie she introduced the famous one-liner, "You
should get out of those wet clothes and into a Dry Martini."
been said that Bellinis are
drunk in the film, but I have not seen it to confirm. However,
Bellinis use white peach puree
and her name is Peaches so it may be true.
to believe that she was 44 years old when this film was
Awful Truth; In the first scene Cary Grant invites
a man over for Egg Nog. Cary
pushes a cart with a bowl of Egg Nog
with liquour bottles underneath so it's assumed that the
Egg Nog is spiked. He then sprinkles nutmeg on top and passes
Another scene a lady says she's going down to the bar to
see Joe the bartender. A nightclub shows a giant Champagne
glass with balloons blowing on top to look like bubbles
set behind the orchestra. You can see the nightclub scene
and his date drink Champagne.
Cary makes himself a drink that looks like a highball
of some type. More Champagne
Cary Grant and Constance Bennett hop four nightclubs in
the first 10 minutes of the film. The first one is the
Rainbow Lounge. The scene can be seen here
drink Champagne throughout
the film. Mumm's Champagne
is shown many times. Later on, a tray of "Cocktails"
are brought to the room. You don't actually know what the
cocktails are until a few scenes later when Constance holds
one up to Cary Grant and says, "Here,
have a Pink Lady." You can see the whole scene
can see the Mumm's Champagne
in the middle of
this clip on Youtube.
Jezebel is set in New Orleans in 1852. New Orleans is mentioned
The first scene in this film a man pulls his carriage next
to the Louis-House to "have a
ball." I can only assume he means highball.
They walk into the very elegant bar. While there a man says,
A gentleman doesn't mention the name of a lady in a
bar." Another says, "Gentlemen, let's
have another drink!"
next scene shows a cocktail party with many trays of drinks
being served butler-style. Bette Davis asks, "Whiskey,
Uncle Billy?" She also makes a toast.
third scene shows men in a meeting and a tray of cocktails
are brought to the table. The word Mint Julep isn't used,
but it's quite evident the tray has Mint
Juleps. Mint Juleps
are drank by Henry Fonda throughout the film.
There's a line in the film that says, "I like my
convictions like my whiskey, undiluted."
won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting
was nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and
Best Music (scoring).
Victory; Bette Davis drinks Champagne
and Pink Gin.
Remember?; Greer Garson, Lew Ayres, and Robert
Taylor drink Imperials.
Argentina Way; Betty Grable orders a Martini
and drinks Champagne. Betty
Greenwood orders a Sirocco (which
she calls straight brandy with a cherry). She also mentions a
Blackout and goes on to say that
its a drink made with gin and one green olive.
Foreign Correspondent; Joel McCrea orders a Scotch
Dick; W,C, Fields
orders a Depth Bomb, Absinthe,
and Rye Highballs. Fast forward to
Philadelphia Story; Cary Grant gives Katherine
Hepburn a Stinger. Katherine
Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart drink Martinis
as well as Sherry and Champagne.
film won Academy Awards for James Stewart (Best Actor),
and screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart (Best Adapted Screenplay).
It also received Academy Award nominations for George Cukor
(Best Director), Katharine Hepburn (Best Actress), Ruth
Hussey (Best Supporting Actress), and Best Picture (Joseph
L. Mankiewicz - producer).
Angels Over Broadway; Rita Hayworth and Douglas Fairbanks,
Jr. drink Rob Roys.
San Antonio Rose; Shemp Howard tries to slip
someone a mickey in a Sherry Cobbler.
Lady Eve; Henry Fonda owns the fictitious
Pike's Ale. A bartender is asked for the ale, but tells
the servers he's out and proceeds to make Martinis
stirred not shaken with a julep strainer. The shape of
the Martini glasses are interesting because they resemble glases
from the early 2000s. Barabra Stanwyck holds up a mirror to view
behind her. It has the bar in the background and later brandy
is ordered and Champagne is drunk.
The Man Who Came To Dinner; Ann Sheridan drinks
a Mint Julep poolside.
Phantom Submarine; Anita Louise and others drink
Under Miami; Miss Charming™ wants you to know that
she watches hours upon hours of film to put together this page
and wants you to know that she enjoyed this one. Most vintage
films don't make any sense when compared to circumstances and
modern attitudes, but this one made the "charming cut."
Champagne, gin, and Scotch are seen
in this film.
Across the Pacific; Humphrey Bogart orders two
of the Year; In the first scene Spencer Tracey
walks into a bar and orders a Scotch
& Water. Everyone is listening to the Katherine
Hepburn on the radio. There are brandy snifters next to
Later, Spencer and Katherine drink double Scotch
& Waters. There is tickling of ice but no ice
in the drinks. Spencer talks about how in college he made
drinking bets with games.
is served at a cocktail party, Spencer drinks white
wine with Katherine's father, and a tray of red
wine is brought out for a wedding toast.
was Spencer & Hepburn's first film of many together.Woman
of the Year won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original
Screenplay and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading
Drinks and alcohol in this film include; Champagne
Cocktails, French 75s, Cointreau, and brandy. Also
seen is the most famous toast ever; Here’s looking
at you kid. And another famous line; Of all the
gin joints in all the towmns in all the world, she walks
*Casablanca won three Oscars; Best Picture, directing, and writing
adapted for a screenplay. It was nominated for five Oscars; Best
Actor, Best supporting actor, best cinematography, film editing,
and original musical score.
Voyager; Bette Davis and Claude Rains order and
drink Bourbon Old Fashioneds.
Click on the image to see the clip
Miracle of Morgan's Creek; serves "Victory
Lemonade" at a farewell party for the troops.
A girl at the bar (and many other people) drink many types
of drinks but none are called by name except for a man that
wants to buy Champagne
for everyone in the room.
is a scene of a bar showing many bottles and a barman in
a white jacket. There ia also a scene where a bartender
strains a drink with an inverted hawthorne strainer inside
Miracle of Morgan's Creekwas nominated for
an Academy Award for Best Writing, and Original Screenplay.
Laura; Scotch & Sodas
are made. Click on the image to see the clip.
To Have and Have Not; Lauren Becall drinks a Daiquiri.
Lost Weekend; A jigger of rye is
ordered and then the line:
It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah.
But what it does to the mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard
so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm
competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one
of the great ones. I'm Michaelangelo, molding the beard of Moses.
I'm Van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the
Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before movies got him by
the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers, all three of
them. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue
any longer, it's the Nile. Nat, it's the Nile and down it moves
the barge of Cleopatra.
Scarlett Street; Edward G.
Robinson and Joan Bennett order 2Rum Collins. Her friend brings
her a bottle of Pinch Scotch and there is other misc. drinking
in the film.
The Big Sleep; Lauren Becall orders a Scotch
a Wonderful Life; Clarence the Angel orders a Flaming
Rum Punch and a Mulled Wine.
The bartender responds with attitude. Click here
to see the video on my blog.
Joan Crawford makes several drinks and there is a mention
of a Bourbon & Soda as she
is making it. Click on the image to see the clip.
Reckoning; Humphrey Bogart orders a Rye
& Water from a bartender. Lizabeth Scott is served
a Ramos Gin Fizz that
Click on the image to see the clip.
The Big Clock; Ray Milland orders a Stinger
with green crème de menthe.
Girl Should Be Married; Cary Grant and Betsy Drake
drink Champagne and Martinis
"with little onions"
(Gibsons). Betsy talks about the passageway from the kitchen
to the living room...she says it's for passing cocktails.
State of the Union; Katherine Hepburn and another lady
drinks Sazeracs. The Sazerac
is mentioned about 10 times. Bourbon
is drank throughout the entire film, Champagne,
and a Martini, very dry is ordered.
Edmond O’Brien orders a Bourbon Highball.
James Stewart orders many Martinis
throughout the movie.
Father of the Bride; This is a great clip! Spencer Tracy
throws a wedding announcement party for his daughter (Elizabeth
Taylor) and makes a full tray of Martinis because he says that
this is the cocktail that everyone is drinking. Well, just when
he's about to leave the kitchen to offer them to his guests someone
guests walk in and order different drinks. Spencer Tracy ends
up playing bartender for the whole party and never gets to socialize.
Drinks made and mentioned are; Old Fashioneds,
Bourbon & Sodas, 5 Mint Juleps, 2 Tom Collins, 4 Rum &
Cokes, and Scotch. Also, at a previous party he drinks
Maderia and Martinis.
Champagne is served at the wedding.
All About Eve; Bette Davis drinks a Gibson.
She holds the Gibson as she says the famous line, "Fasten
your seat belts. It's gonna be a bumpy night."
The Snows of Kilimanjaro; Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner
and others drink Gimlets.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; While not a real cocktail,
Marilyn Monroe mixes three drinks. One of water & bitters
for her and Jane Russell and another with equal parts of
vodka, gin, brandy, and Scotch with three sleeping pills.
They are trying to get a mans jacket off of him so they
can look in his pockets. Fast forward to 7:15 below.
Sabrina; Walter Hampden makes a Martini
but then has trouble getting the last olive out of the jar. He
finally pours his Martini into the jar.
River of No Return; Marilyn Monroe plays a saloon singer. The bartender gives a young boy 2 pails of beer to take down to the barber shop and says, "Be careful son, it's like liquid gold".
River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe, the bartender gives a young boy 2 pails of
beer to take down to the barber shop and sys, "Be careful son, it's
like liquid gold".
Guys and Dolls; As far as I know, this is the first
time that a brand name is mentioned in a scene. Marlon Brando
orders a Milk Punch (Dolce
de leche) served in a coconut cup for Jean Simmons and himself.
He tells her that at night they put a preservative in the
milk and when Jean Simmons asks what they use, Marlon Brando
answers, Bacardi. Jean Simmons asks if Bacardi
has alcohol in it and Marlon Brando says, "Well,
just enough to stop the milk from turning sour."
They drink six of them.
The Seven Year Itch; Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell
drink Martinis, Champagne, and Tom
Collins. She also mentions that
she watered the plants with a cocktail shaker and dunks
a potato chip in Champagne.
Tom Ewell also says that he had a peanut butter sandwich
and 2 Whiskey Sours for breakfast.
Kiss Me Deadly; A classic noir film with drinking.
Check out the home bar and those antique shakers in the
Society; Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby,
and Grace Kelly drink Champagne all though this film (Mumm's
is seen). The bar you see is a hide-away bar built into the bookshelves
of the library. Also drank are Martinis, Sherry and Bing Crosby
gives Grace Kelly a Stinger.
Bus Stop; Marilyn Monroe drinks shots
of whiskey in the saloon where she works.
first scene she drinks it's just tea because it's part of
her job to get customers to buy her shots of whiskey for
60 cents each, but the waitress brings her tea in a shot
An Affair to Remember; Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
drink Champagne Cocktails made
with pink Champagne.
Marlon Brando orders a Martini, then
changes his mind to lemonade then finally orders a
Scotch & Soda as he sits at a Japanese bar with Jmaes
Kiss Them For Me; Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield,
and others drink all through this film that is about 3 Navy
pilots taking a four day leave at a posh hotel. The goal
is to wine, women, and song.
King Creole; Elvis Presley plays a nightclub
bus boy turned nightclub singer. Many drinks and bars are seen,
but not mentioned. The film was shot in New Orleans.
on a Hot Tin Roof; Paul Newman has a Hot
Toddy and many whiskeys.
Mame; The 2nd scene of the film is at a cocktail
party. Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell) descends the stairs
talking about how someone is on their way with a gallon
of gin. This is because the film begins in the prohibition
year of 1928 (it spans about 20 years). Auntie Mame
holds 2 tall amber colored cocktails with a cherry on the
bottom and a lemon slice garnish (I don't know what they
are). Martinis are seen
and drunk and one lady in particular is holding a
Martini that has a long handle. It almost looks
like she's holding a glass ladle but the bowl is a Martini
glass. A maid says Mame has thrown 13 cocktail parties and
one was cancelled because the bootlegger didn’t show.
Mame tells her nephew, Patrick to write down all the words
he hears that he doesn't know while at the cocktail party.
Two of them are bathtub gin
and blotto (the others are
libido, inferiority complex, stinko, free love, monkey glands,
morning after the party Mame asks Patrick to, "Run
along to Ito (the butler) and tell him to bring me a light
breakfast, black coffee, and a Side
makes a Martini for a visiting
guest. He asks if he would like it dry or extra dry. There
is a complete scene of Patrick (Jan Handzlik) pouring the
gin in a glass pitcher then educating the man by saying,
“Stir never shake, it bruises the gin. He then swirls
vermouth around inside a Martini glass, pours it out then
pours the stirred gin into the glass. He serves it without
an olive but asks, “Would you like an olive? Auntie
Mame says it takes up too much room in the drink.”
Click on the clip to see the scene.
Mame's wealthy boyfriend (and soon to be husband) from
Georgia serves a tray of drinks in silver cups. One can
one assume they are Mint Juleps.
is mentioned and drunk. Years go by and a grown Patrick’s
introduces Mame to his girlfriend and Mame offers her a
Cognac or Drambuie.
Mame visits Patrick’s girlfriend’s family (somewhere
in the south) her father makes his special Daiquiri in a
giant half-gallon shaker. There are limes and honey sitting
on the bar. The father talks about Cuban
rum and his “secret” ingredient in his
Daiquiri. He asks Mame to guess what it is. Mame says, “Chocolate
Ice Cream.” The secret ingredient is honey in place
of sugar. Mame hates it and when no one is looking throws
the liquid contents over her shoulder. When the family visits
Mame, she she tells the father that she has a special drink
too but won’t be sharing the secret. She says they
are called The Flaming Mame
and the trick is to drink them up fast before the flame
goes away. She serves the drinks in tall metal flutes and
lights each one by one with fireplace matches then asks,”Is
everyone lit?” Later whiskey served in tall glasses
line in the film goes:
Agnes Gooch: Spirits do the most horrible thing to me. I'm
not the same person!
Mame: What's wrong with that?
Agnes Gooch: Will it mix with Dr. Pepper?
Mame: He'll love it! Drink!
Mame won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading
Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction-Set
Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and
North by Northwest; Cary Grant drinks a Gibson.
Beloved Infidel; Deborah Kerr and Phillip Ober drink
Some Like It Hot; Marilyn Monroe makes Manhattans.
It shows her pouring whiskey and sweet vermouth in a hot
water bottle (make-shift shaker) then later chipping at
an ice block. All this happens on a late night train.
on the image to watch the youtube video.
1960 The Apartment; Shirley MacLaine asks for
a Daiquiri and Hope Holiday asks
for a Rum Collins.
1960It Started in Naples; Clark Gable and Sophia
Loren order each other a cocktail that represents their country.
He orders her a Double Mint Julep
and she orders him something in Italian. The bartender then
sets an Italian bottle of Sweet Vermouth and a bottle of Kentucky
whiskey on the bar. During their conversation Gable pours
some vermouth into her Mint Julep, which is odd, but maybe
it's supposed to mean that he's combining both of their cultures?
1961 Come September;
This film was the first film to be shown on transcontinental
and intercontinental flights. Rock Hudson drinks a lot of
Champagne in this film. A bird
even gets drunk on a glass of it.
also a scene with a young Bobby Darin where Rock is the
bartender in his home bar and he serves
here to see the clip.
Rock also drinks a Martini
for breakfast and when asked by a servant if there is anything
else he may want he replies, "an olive."
1961 Blue Hawaii; Angela Lansbury throws a cocktail party
For Elvis Presley (her son in the film) and serves Mai
1961 Days of Wine and Roses; Jack Lemmon orders Lee Remick
a Brandy Alexander. 1961
Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Audrey Hepburn drinks a
George Peppard also talks about drinking Champagne
The Hustler; Paul Newman
plays "Fast Eddie" Felson
and drank J. T. S. Brown Bourbon.
Dr. No; James Bond drinks two medium
dry Vodka Martinis shaken with a lemon peel and jumpstarts
the sale of vodka in America while exploding the Vodka Martini
worldwide. Click on the image to see the clip.
1962 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone; Vivian Leigh drinks
1963 From Russia With Love; Sean Connery has a Martini,
Raki, and at least a half bottle of Taittinger Blanc de Blanc
Irma la Douce; Romanic comedy. Most of the scenes
take place in a bar. Lou
Jacobi plays the bartender. He uses a soda charger bottle
to wake people up, stop fights, etc. At one point Jack lemmon
picks it up and uses it. Jack orders Cognac
and Champagne. Shirley MacLaine orders Pernod
and peppermint tea. The bartender pours ice water on the
Pernod like you do with Absinthe. Many other drinks are
seen. Shirley won an Oscar for best actress and the film won
best cinematography. I'm including this film because when
you mix the Pernod and ice water together I believe that classifies
it as a cocktail.
The Nutty Professor; Jerry Lewis orders an Alaskan
Polar Bear Heater. It's a crazy drink and can be seen
here about 3:30 minutes into the clip.
1963 Come Blow Your Horn; Frank Sinatra orders Rum
Goldfinger; Sean Connery Bond picks up a bottle
of Dom Perignon ’53 from
an ice bucket, and says,“It’s lost its chill.
There’s another in the fridge.” As he gets up
to fetch the bottle, the girl asks, “Who needs it?”
Bond replies “My dear girl, there are some things
that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom
Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees
Goldfinger’s front porch Bond is offered a Mint
Julep, adding it’s “traditional but satisfying.”
Bond accepts, and tells the man getting the drink, “Sour
mash, but not too sweet, please.”
Sean Connery has three Brandies, one
Port Wine, one Vodka Martini shaken not stirred with a lemon
twist, one Sour mash Mint Julep, and at least half a bottle
of Dom Pérignon ’53, and a Mint Julep. Also,
the five members of Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus are
also called Champagne Section.
1964 Night of the Iguana; A Rum
Coco is ordered and Manhattan
with 2 cherries is mentioned.
1965 Thunderball; Sean Connery
orders a bottle of Dom Pérignon
’55, makes a Vodka Martini with Smirnoff Blue and Cinzano
dry vermouth, drinks at least a half bottle of Red Wine, and orders
a Rum Collins.
1967 You Only Live Twice; Sean Connery drinks a Stolichnaya
Vodka Martini made and Martini & Rossi dry vermouth,
a shot of Siamese vodka, two cups
of Sake at 98.4 degrees glass of
Dom Perignon ’59, and Japanese
1967 Casino Royale; David Niven drinks a glass of
whisky in bed, and drinks Martinis with
1968 The Producers; Mel Brooks drinks a Manhattan.
Funny Girl; Barbra Streisand
drinks a Green Creme de Menthe Frappe', dry Sherry, and pours
Ziegfield a glass of Champagne. Omar Shariff drinks Courvoiser,
Scotch & Water, and dry Sherry. Streisand's mother owns a
saloon called Brice's.
1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; George Lazenby
drinks a Martini, glass of Champagne, a
Malt Whisky & Branch, two glasses of Red Wine, and a Beer.
1969 Cactus Flower Walter Matthau drinks a Martini,
Goldie Hawn drinks red wine,
Ingrid Bergman drinks Champagne,
and several other drinks are seen because some scenes are
in a bar. There is Budweiser placement. Also, Ingrid Bergman
comes back from a party and tells Walter Matthau about a gin
based drink she drank with a funny name. Couldn't remember