What would The Dude be without his bathrobe, his bowling ball and his ever-present White Russian? Jeff Bridges brought a character to life and that character’s beverage of choice—made with vodka, coffee liqueur and milk—became almost as famous as The Dude himself. According to IMDB, The Dude drinks nine of them during the cult favorite film.
Sure, everyone knows that James Bond likes his Martinis shaken and not stirred, but it’s the take on said cocktail that had a real twist in Casino Royale. In the 1953 Ian Fleming book that the movie is based on, the recipe is as follows: “Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” Appropriately, Bond (Daniel Craig) orders it pretty much that exact way in the 2008 film.
Back in the day, the 1960s to be exact, three-Martini lunches were de rigueur and no one better exemplifies the (sadly defunct) drinking-on-the-job trend better than Don Draper. In Mad Men, Draper (played by Jon Hamm) popularized the Old Fashioned, a classic cocktail made with muddled sugar, bitters and bourbon, garnished with fruit, over ice.
It took four ladies, one popular TV show and two movies to make the Cosmopolitan the drink for women (and men!) everywhere. And it’s no wonder: Made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and a twist of lemon, the cocktail is a little sweet, a little sour and very pink. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) says it best when placing an order in a drive-through: “I’d like a cheeseburger, large fries and a Cosmopolitan.”
OK, so it’s not a cocktail, but Sideways did draw a whole lot of attention to wine and Paul Giamatti’s character, Miles, waxes poetic about a particular varietal: Pinot Noir. In fact, his love of the grape is kind of a thing in the film—as his aversion to another certain grape, Merlot. Says Miles in the movie: “If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!”
6: Orange Whip (The Blues Brothers)
In The Blues Brothers, the late, great John Candy, playing a parole office, pops into a concert in an attempt to arrest the band members, but decides to stick around, hear some music and a have a drink or three. Asks Candy: “Who wants an Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Three Orange Whips.” Said drink, made with rum, vodka, cream and orange juice, is served blended in a Collins glass.