The Big Lebowski – Jeff Bridges – White Russian (Brandy, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, heavy cream. In the late ’90s, The Big Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi, became an instant cult classic. “The Dude,” Jeff Bridges’ character, was defined by his shaggy sweater, long locks, dark sunglasses and strong preference for White Russians, a velvety cocktail. If he wasn’t drinking one, he was carrying one, finishing one, or finding ways to make one in other peoples’ houses.
Casino Royale – Sir James Bond – David Nevin – The Martini (Brandy, splash of gin to balance & Vermouth). James Bond is the quintessential Martini man. In Casino Royale, agent 007 instructs a bartender shake it very well, until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Bond named the cocktail the Vesper in honor of a woman he would come to love (despite her betrayal), lose and pine for. Much like the femme fatale for which it is named, a true Vesper is sadly gone from the world & impossible to resurrect today, so we have substituted an Italian herbal vermouth in lieu of usual dry.
The Blues Brothers – John Canady – The Orange Whip (brandy, rum, orange juice & cream). Three Orange Whips! declares John Candy’s character in the famous film The Blues Brothers, right before the major fund-raising scene. Following its film debut, the cocktail experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Hey, if the brothers blue think it’s cool, we can’t argue with that.
Bonfire of the Vanities – Bruce Willis – The Sidecar. A classy drink for a classy film! In the movie, a character who isn’t supposed to drink finds himself at a meeting with Bruce Willis’ character, Peter Fallow. In the absence of his wife, who would never let him drink, the man orders a Sidecar. The classic cocktail, which contains cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice, is still one of The Brandy Bar’s most popular drinks.
Sex And The City – Parker/Davis/Cattrall/Nixon –Cosmopolitan (Brandy, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice). So many drinks were consumed during Sex and the City‘s run on TV and the big screen. The long-running show charted the four main characters’ of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, and Nixon’s experiences trying almost every trend in drink, dining, fashion, and men. Yet one constant remained: the cosmo.
Some Like It Hot – Marilyn Monroe – Manhattan. Sure, men have cross-dressed in newer movies than Some Like it Hot, but those films don’t have mobsters, jazz music, and Marilyn Monroe. This heady mixture can only be matched by the film’s standout drink, the Manhattan, with its equally stiff combination of sweet vermouth, whiskey (substitute brandy), and bitters. Top it off with a maraschino cherry for the ultimate unisex cocktail.
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Reminder December 8th – NC Writers Network featuring Tom Hooker and his newest novel and Kim Nelson power point on immigration in WNC.
Each Saturday at 6:00 pm we will have a drawing from entries submitted on Friday night. Just come in Friday and drop your entry into the glass jar located on the Bar top. These are our unique Christmas presents to our very special members!