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Top-5 Cocktail Movies!

There have been times when my interest and enthusiasm has waned during my formative years of mixing drinks. When I started, sometimes I was discouraged by the learning curve. And other times, I was getting complacent and bored. I wasn’t growing as a bartender.

But every time I found myself losing my way, there were cocktail movies that brought me back to my center. So, I decided to share them.
Plus, some of these are just fun and make yeah wanna mix things up and shake em’ really hard. Watch these five movies and feel the motivation come back.

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#1: Hey Bartender

Just the best movie. It focuses on a local Joe who owns a bar and on an up-and-coming rockstar bartender but has every notable person in the cocktail world featured in this great movie. You will be drooling through the entire thing, so have a refreshment on-hand. Also, you get to see what it’s like to go down to the world’s greatest cocktail event, Tale of the Cocktail, in New Orleans!

#2: Cocktail

Tom Cruise will not let you down. Psh, when has he ever? These boys have their American free-pour game down pact. Tom Cruise’s mentor walks you through the best hangover cure: The Red-Eye. First, we get to party it up in New York, then we jet off to the Caribbean for tiki-drinks! I won’t spoil anything else, I promise.

First, we get to party it up in New York, then we jet off to the Caribbean for tiki-drinks! I won’t spoil anything else, I promise.

#3: Casablanca

The entirety of this movie takes place in a bar. Rick’s bar. The French 75 makes an appearance when Yvonne and her hangers-on orders them, as well as many other thirst-quenchers. If you’re into WW2 history, “Casablanca” takes place during that time period. This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time period. If only Rick’s bar truly existed in Morroco, I’d be there all the time.

French 75 Recipe

London dry gin 1 oz. | Fresh-squeezed lemon juice 1 oz. | Chilled Champagne 2 oz. |  Simple Syrup 1/2 oz.

Shake everything except for the champagne. Strain into Champagne glass. Pour in Champagne on top. Garnish with a lemon peel, if you wish

#4: The Big Lebowski

If you’ve watched the Big Lebowski, then you’ve heard of the White Russian. Our buddy, Gary the Bartender, will take good care of you. It’s also the perfect bro movie.

#5: Casino Royale

What with the “Shaken, not Stirred” non-sense, gorgeous (and my personal favorite bond girl) Vesper Lynd, almost-always-dying-007, and his classic Vesper Martini – which was made on the spot, friends – you can’t really go wrong with this solid Bond action adventure.

I’ve made a few Vesper Martinis and they are delicious. Soon, I will be releasing my Vlog, so stay tuned for that! 

Notable Mentions:

  • Swingers
  • Any Bond flick
  • BarFly

At the end of the day, there aren’t many cocktail movies for bartenders, mixologists, craft bartenders, service people, and the like. But this group of movies is sure to satisfy whatever it is you’re needing satisfied. Grab a six-pack, a bottle of fine wine, or shake a cocktail up and enjoy.

It is the same with reading/writing as it is with drinking/crafting cocktails: As long as you’re reading or writing, you’re in the clear. As long as you are imbibing or creating cocktails, you’re progressing.

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