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Movies to Watch While Drinking Cocktails

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Any Mae West movie is good with a cocktail
Any Mae West movie is good with a cocktail

It was a brilliant marketing move, long ago, to pair popcorn with movies, but the salty, buttery snack isn’t the only thing that goes well with a flick. No, I’m not talking about Raisinets or Red Vines — I’m talking about cocktails.

Unless you’re fortunate enough to live in a city with a theater that serves dinner with a movie, and possesses a liquor license, you’re going to be pairing cocktails with a DVD at home. That’s really the way to go anyway when considering movies that feature cocktails.

There are, of course, the obvious movies:

  • Cocktail
  • Any James Bond movie
  • Sex and the City
  • Arthur
  • The Big Lebowski

If you want a really comprehensive list of movies that have even the slightest connection to cocktails, Miss Charming’s site is where to go. By slight I mean that Chevy Chase ordered a Bloody Mary in Fletch and it gets put on the list. It’s such a big list that it’s divided into 2 pages: 1900s – 1960s and 1970s – Present.

And really, the old movies go so well with cocktails you may just want to keep a whole pitcher of martinis handy. Everyone drank in the old flicks (they smoked too, but we won’t go there).

  • The Thin Man
  • Father of the Bride – the 1950 Spencer Tracy version
  • All About Eve
  • any Mae West movie – it doesn’t even matter if there’s booze in one of her films, Mae West and cocktails go together like peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, and of course, gin and tonic.

There’s nothing Hollywood loves more than a remake. Apparently a few successes calls for strings of bombs. I’m sure there’s some mathematical equation involved, but I’d rather call for an Irish Car Bomb than figure it out. However, two movies can be enjoyed with cocktails and it doesn’t matter which versions you watch.

  • Alfie
  • The Pink Panther – any of the old Peter Sellers movies, or the newer Steve Martin version. Yes, the critics hated Martin’s version, but with enough cocktails, do you really care?

If you need help deciding what cocktail to drink with your movie, sloshspot has a list of 19 Drinks and Cocktails Named After Movies. While I’m not sure a Wayne’s World is to my taste, and I’ve never heard anyone order a Star Wars or a Pyscho, a Midnight Cowboy consisting of bourbon whiskey, dark rum and heavy cream sounds interesting. As does an Incredible Hulk. The Terminator with Jagermeister® herbal liqueur and Southern Comfort® peach liqueur is a total throwback to the 1980’s, and therefore worth considering.

If wine is more your thing, we also have a list of Movies to Watch While Drinking Wine. You need something to wash down your popcorn. Am I right?