Cocktails in Film
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I have been collecting cocktails seen in films since the 1980s. Around 1933, two things coincided; The end of Prohibition and Hollywood releasing “talkies” (films where you could hear the actors speak). Greta Garbo was a huge silent film star in the 1920s and made her talkie film switch in 1930. Her fans were very excited to hear her voice for the first time, and the marketing team stoked the fire by advertising the event with the catchphrase, “Garbo Talks!” Moreover, what were her first words, you ask? “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side.”
It’s informative to know that the first time women were allowed into the main room of bars (and not just the small “Ladies’ Bar” for prominent women) was the 1920s during Prohibition. Before then, a woman was only allowed in the main bar if she was a prostitute or madam. Therefore, most American women’s first bar experience was in illegal, secretive bars between the years 1920 and 1933. The combination of American women being allowed to drink socially and Hollywood’s advanced technology created a glamorization of the cocktail.
During the silent film era, there were plenty of imbibing scenes, particularly in Charlie Chaplin films. During American Prohibition, drinking scenes were simply set in countries that were not in Prohibition. A Horse’s Neck is ordered in the 1914 film Caught in a Cabaret, a Whiskey and Soda is made in the 1917 film The Idle Class, and Manhattans are drunk in the 1928 film Manhattan.
One thirty-second film should be mentioned. It was an advertisement film titled DeWar’s—It’s Scotch, and was projected on a wall in New York City’s Herald Square in 1898. It is the first spirit commercial to appear on film.
Cocktails in Film from the 1930s to the 2010s
This collection is exclusively cocktail or spirit scenes. There are a plethora of films filled to the brim with champagne, beer, wine, and drinking scenes, and you can see more of those films at William T. Garver’s blog, Booze Movies and on Liz Locke's blog, Cinema Sips. I also have a Facebook group called Cocktail Cinema. Come join!
Greta Garbo orders a whiskey with ginger ale on the side.
Cock of the Air
Matt Moore is seen drinking a tableful of Martinis.
Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and John Barrymore order and drink absinthe at a Berlin bar. In the Grand Hotel, a man tries to get Joan Crawford to order a Louisiana Flip, but she orders absinthe. The man says “Louisiana Flip” eight times. Whiskey is also mentioned.
The Old Dark House
Ernest Thesiger offers a drink to a guest and says, “It’s only gin, you know gin . . . I like gin!”
It Happened One Night
Claudette Colbert and others drink White Ladies.
Murder at the Vanities
Manhattans are used as props during a stage performance.
The Thin Man
William Powell and Myrna Loy drink Knickerbockers, and there is a scene where Powell is giving the bartenders advice on drink making. He says, “The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now, a Manhattan you shake to foxtrot time; a Bronx, to two-step time; a dry Martini you always shake to waltz time.”
He also tells Nora, “This will make six Martinis.” Nora says to the waiter, “All right. Will you bring me five more Martinis, Leo, and line them up right here.” Rye whiskey is also mentioned.
After Office Hours
Clark Gable and Constance Bennett drink Dry Martinis with one olive.
Alias Mary Dow
Ray Milland and Sally Eilers drink Martinis.
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire drink Buck Fizzes.
Martinis are drunk.
My Man Godfrey
David Niven, the butler, helps himself to Vodka Martinis.
Every Day’s a Holiday
Mae West and others drink Bellinis. This movie also introduced the famous one-liner, “You should get out of those wet clothes and into a Dry Martini.”
Make Way For Tomorrow
Victor Moore orders drinks for himself and Beulah Bondi: “Two Old-Fashioneds for two old-fashioned people.”
The Awful Truth
Cary Grant serves eggnog from a punchbowl.
Mint Juleps are served and whiskey is drunk.
Bette Davis drinks Pink Gin.
Greta Garbo drinks a Black Russian.
Greer Garson, Lew Ayres, and Robert Taylor drink Imperials.
Angels over Broadway
Rita Hayworth and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. drink Rob Roys.
W. C. Fields sits at a bar and orders several drinks, but one you can hear and see clearly is absinthe.
Joel McCrea orders a Scotch & Soda.
The Philadelphia Story
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart drink Kir Royales. Also, James Stewart says, “Champagne’s a funny stuff. I’m used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back and champagne’s heavy mist before my eyes.”
Anita Louise and others drink Sea Breezes.
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Ann Sheridan drinks a Mint Julep poolside.
Across the Pacific
Humphrey Bogart orders two Planter’s Punches.
Casablanca has a few famous lines, but the one that mentions alcohol is: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Paul Henreid orders a Champagne Cocktail and two Cointreau, Claude Rains orders two Champagne Cocktails, and Madeleine LeBeau drinks brandy (the boss’ private stock).
A German officer orders French 75s from Sascha the Russian bartender, and then Madeleine LeBeau says to the bartender, “Put up a whole row of them, Sascha . . . starting here and ending here.” The German officer says, “We’ll begin with two.”
Bette Davis and Claude Rains drink Old-Fashioneds.
Woman of the Year
Katharine Hepburn has a Scotch & Soda.
The Heat’s On
Mae West and others drink Martinis.
Du Barry was a Lady
Red Skelton and Gene Kelly drink Old Fashioneds with an orange wedge and bright red fake cherries as a garnish.
Barbara Stanwyck drinks a Pimm’s Cocktail.
Vincent Price makes a Gin & It.
To Have and Have Not
Lauren Bacall drinks a Daiquiri.
The Lost Weekend
Ray Milland drinks a Rusty Nail.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Clarence the Angel orders a Flaming Rum Punch and a Mulled Wine.
Joan Crawford drinks a Tom Collins. She also says. “Do you like Martinis? They are an acquired taste, like Ravel.”
The Big Sleep
Lauren Bacall orders a Scotch Mist.
Lizabeth Scott drinks a Ramos Gin Fizz.
The Bishop’s Wife
Cary Grant as Dudley the Angel orders a round of Stingers while lunching with ladies from the church.
The Big Clock
Ray Milland orders a Stinger with green crème de menthe, and several raise glasses of Stingers for a honeymoon toast.
The Great Gatsby
Martinis are drunk.
Edmond O’Brien orders a Bourbon Highball.
State of the Union
Katharine Hepburn orders a Sazerac.
A comedy based on a shipwreck and its cargo of whiskey.
All About Eve
Bette Davis drinks a Gibson. She also says, “I admit I may have seen better days, but I am still not to be had for the price of a cocktail.”
Father of the Bride
Spencer Tracy makes a tray of Martinis for a party, but his guests start asking for other cocktails. Tracy ends up playing bartender in his kitchen and misses the whole party. Cocktails mentioned are Old-Fashioneds, Tom Collins, Mint Juleps, Frozen Daiquiris, Scotch, Bourbon & Waters, and Rum & Cokes.
Jimmy Stewart drinks Martinis.
In a Lonely Place
Morris Ankrum orders a Stinger.
The African Queen
Humprey Bogart has several cases of Gordon's gin on board his boat. He says the line, "This air! Isn't it wonderful? Yeah, it's like - I know you don't approve, but it's like a shot of gin. It makes your blood race, your face numb and your spirits soar."
The Moulin Rouge is a Paris nightclub, so lots of drinking can be seen. Jose Ferrer plays famous French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who is given free Cognac and drinks in exchange for painting posters.
The Bad and the Beautiful
Lana Turner pours herself whiskey.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and others drink Gimlets.
A Blueprint for Murder
Joseph Cotton and Jean Peters call for and drink Bacardi cocktails.
Bad for Each Other
Charlton Heston and Lizabeth Scott drink Martinis.
From Here to Eternity
Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr drink Screwdrivers. There is also a lot of drinking in this film, and whiskey is seen and mentioned.
Elizabeth Taylor makes a Mimosa.
Walter Hampden makes a Martini but has trouble getting the last olive out of the jar. He finally pours his Martini into the jar and drinks from it.
I’ll Cry Tomorrow
Susan Hayward drinks Martinis.
Guys and Dolls
Marlon Brando gets Jean Simmons to drink several Dulce de Leches in Cuba.
Simmons: What did you order?
Brando: Dulce de Leche. Dulce is the Spanish word for “sweet.” De means “of” and leche means “milk.” Sweet of milk.
Simmons: Don’t they serve it plain?
Brando: Well, only in the mornings. It has to do with the heat. At night, they put a kind of preservative in it.
Simmons: That’s interesting. What do they use?
Simmons: Doesn’t that have alcohol in it?
Brando: Well, just enough to keep the milk from turning sour.
When Simmons is on her second drink, she says, “It’s so delicious. That Bacardi flavoring certainly makes a difference. You know, this would be a wonderful way to get children to drink milk.”
The Seven Year Itch
Tom Ewell invites Marilyn Monroe for a drink in his apartment because she does not have air-conditioning and he does. After she arrives, he offers to make her a drink.
Monroe: Do you have gin?
Ewell: Of course. You mean straight gin?
Monroe: No, gin and soda, l guess.
Ewell: Gin and soda?
Monroe: That’s wrong. How do you drink gin?
Ewell: There’s gin and tonic and gin and vermouth, that’s a Martini.
Monroe: That sounds cool. I’ll have a glass of that. A big, tall one.
Ewell: Big, tall Martini. (He gets her one.) Well, here you are. Big, tall Martini.
Ewell: You’re welcome.
Monroe: Very good. Maybe it needs a bit more sugar.
Ewell: I’d strongly advise against putting sugar in a Martini.
Monroe: You would? Why?
Ewell: Well . . . Take my word for it. No sugar in a Martini.
Monroe: Back home they put sugar in Martinis.
Ewell: Back home? Where?
Monroe: Denver, Colorado.
Other lines in the film include:
“The human body is a very delicate machine, you can’t run it on Martinis and goulash.”
“I’m capable of fixing my own breakfast. I had a peanut butter sandwich and two Whiskey Sours.”
Gordon Richards makes Stingers for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and anyone who needs some “hair of the dog.”
Kiss Them for Me
Cary Grant and Jayne Mansfield drink Stingers. He says, “Stingers, and keep them coming.”
Frank Sinatra and others drink cocktails. I need to watch this film to verify.
Sweet Smell of Success
Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis drink Martinis.
The second scene of the film is a cocktail party, and 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 twenty years), and many cocktails are seen.
The morning after the party, Mame asks her nephew, Patrick, to tell the butler to bring her a light breakfast of black coffee and a Sidecar. Patrick is only twelve years old and makes a Martini for a visiting guest. He asks the guest 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 and educating the man: “Stir, never shake—it bruises the gin.” Patrick then swirls vermouth around inside a Martini glass, pours it out, and 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.”
Other drinks seen and mentioned in the film include Mint Juleps, Drambuie, and Cognac. There is also a scene where Mame serves a speciality cocktail called “the Flaming Mame,” which is served in a large, stemmed, conical-shaped metal glass with the drink lit on fire. It is a joke she plays on her guests to pay them back for serving her bad cocktails at their house.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Paul Newman has a Hot Toddy.
Deborah Kerr and Phillip Ober drink Sazeracs.
North by Northwest
Cary Grant drinks a Gibson on a train.
Our Man in Havana
Alec Guinness and friends drinks Daiquiris.
Some Like It Hot
Marilyn Monroe makes Manhattans in bed in a water bottle while on a train.
Shirley MacLaine asks for a Daiquiri, Hope Holiday asks for a Rum Collins, and Stingers are mentioned several times.
When Strangers Meet
Kim Novak and Kirk Douglas drink Martinis.
Bachelor in Paradise
Bob Hope makes Martinis.
Several tropical intoxicating libations are seen in the film, but only one is mentioned and seen. The Mai Tai. Trays of Mai Tais are passed around at a party and even shows a bartender overflowing the top of a Mai Tai with golden rum.
Breakfast at Tiffany’sThere is drinking throughout the film and a big party scene in Audrey’s apartment. Audrey Hepburn drinks a Planter’s Punch and pours herself milk in a cocktail glass. George Peppard drinks whiskey.
This film starring Rock Hudson, Bobby Darin, and Sandra Dee was the very first film shown on transcontinental and intercontinental flights. Rock Hudson drinks a lot of Champagne and there’s even a scene with a bird perching on the edge of a glass getting drunk from Champagne. In one scene, Rock drinks a Martini for breakfast. The servant asks him if there is anything else he may want and Rock replies, “an olive”. The best scene is when Rock tends bar and serves Bobby Darin and his friends brandy.
Days of Wine and Roses
Jack Lemmon orders Lee Remick a Brandy Alexander.
There are many drinking scenes. A bottle of J.T.S Brown Bourbon whiskey (made by Heaven Hill) is seen when Paul Newman plays a 25-hour pool game against Minnesota Fats. Hhe drinks the entire bottle.
James Bond orders a Vodka Martini shaken, not stirred, and jump-starts the sale of vodka in America. The Vodka Martini goes viral.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Vivian Leigh drinks an Americano.
Come Blow Your Horn
Frank Sinatra orders a Rum & Coke.
From Russia with Love
Sean Connery has a Martini.
Fun in Acapulco
Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress (her character is named Marguerita) drink beer, Tequila, and Margaritas. They drink the tequila shots with salt and limes. Elvis sings Bossa Nova in a nightclub and part of the lyrics say "...I said hey little mama, let's sit down have a drink and dig the band, she said drink drink drink oh fiddlely-dink, I can dance with a drink in my hand..." This is actually one of my favorite Elvis film song performances. Elvis also sings a song titled Marguerita. In another scene, Elvis fills a straw with a poolside drink then drops it on a female sunbather's belly.
It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Jim Backus is flying a plane and leaves the controls to mix an Old-Fashioned.
The Nutty Professor
Jerry Lewis plays Buddy Love and orders an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater at the bar. He has to give the bartender the ingredients: “Two shots of vodka, a little rum, some bitters, a smidgen of vinegar, a shot of vermouth, a shot of gin, a little brandy, a lemon peel, an orange peel, a cherry, and some more Scotch. Now, mix nice, then pour it into a tall glass.”
Sean Connery has a Martini and a Sour Mash Mint Julep.
What a Way To Go
Shirley Maclaine and Robert Mitchum sleep in a giant Champagne glass bed.
Sean Connery makes a Vodka Martini with Smirnoff blue and Cinzano dry vermouth. He also orders a Rum Collins.
David Niven and Peter Sellers drink Martinis.
You Only Live Twice
Sean Connery drinks a Stolichnaya Vodka Martini made with Martini & Rossi dry vermouth.
Barbra Streisand drinks a Green Crème de Menthe Frappé.
Mel Brooks drinks a Manhattan.
The Thomas Crown Affair
Steve McQueen drinks a Martini.
Barbra Streisand mentions a Rum Toddy.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
George Lazenby drinks a Martini.
Many Martinis are drunk. Elliott Gould says, “Yes, but a man can’t really savor a Martini without an olive, otherwise it just doesn’t quite make it.”
A Clockwork Orange
Malcolm McDowell and friends drink Moloko Plus.
Diamonds Are Forever
Sean Connery has a Vodka Martini.
The bartender makes Jack Lemon a Whiskey Sour.
Live and Let Die
Roger Moore orders a Bourbon & Water, but David Hedison changes the order to two Sazeracs.
The Godfather: Part II
John Cazale orders a Banana Daiquiri.
At Long Last Love
The 1939 Cole Porter song is performed by Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepard, Madeline Kahn, and Duilio Del Prete. "What a swell party this is! What daiquiris! What sherry, please! What burgundy! What pommery! What brandy, wow! What whiskey, here's how! What gin and what beer…"
Woody Allen imagines a conversation between Diane Keaton’s parents. Annie’s father says to her mother, “Make me a Martini.” The mother replies, “Of course, sweetheart, how would you like it, dear?” Her did replies, “On white bread with mayonnaise.”
The Spy Who Loved Me
Roger Moore drinks a Vodka Martini.
Saturday Night Fever
John Travolta orders a 7&7 twice and a Vodka & Tonic is ordered.
Roger Moore drinks a Vodka Martini.
The Blue Brothers
John Candy asks, “Who wants an Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip?, Three Orange Whips!”
A ghost bartender drinks a Martini.
Evil Under the Sun
Maggie Smith gives Peter Ustinov a choice of cocktails: White Lady, Sidecar, Mainbrace, or Between the Sheets. He then asks for crème de cassis or banana syrup.
Dressed as a woman, Dustin Hoffman orders Dubonnet with a twist.
William Hurt says the Stinger is a whore’s drink. Later, he orders a Stinger and says, “I am a whore.”
Never Say Never Again
Sean Connery drinks two Vodka Martinis. Kim Basinger orders a Double Bloody Mary.
Roger Moore drinks a Vodka Martini.
Romancing the Stone
Kathleen Turner drinks Grasshoppers.
Chevy Chase orders a Bloody Mary at a tennis club.
The Living Daylights
Timothy Dalton drinks two Vodka Martinis.
Bette Midler orders a Stinger twice.
This film holds the record for the most cocktails mentioned. Three are made and mentioned: Red Eye (beer, tomato juice, spices, and a raw egg), Turquoise Blue (the drink Cruise makes while flairing—it appears to be made with Bacardi light rum, blue Curaçao, and either pineapple juice or sour mix, then split tin strained into a Martini glass), and a Frozen Daiquiri poured into a Hurricane glass. Other cocktails mentioned include Velvet Hammer, Vodka & Rose’s, Gilbey’s & Tonic, Absolut Rocks, Orgasm, Cuba Libre, Orgasm, Angel Tit, Dirty Mother, Bloody Mary, Martini, Briar Tuck, Screwdriver, Pink Squirrel, Kamikaze, Sex on the Beach, Velvet Hammer, Iced Tea, Alabama Slammer, Death Spasm, Singapore Sling, and Ding-a-Ling.
King Louis XIII is part of a bet and drunk between Cruise and Brown; Brown pours two Remy Martin Cognacs for him and Cruise, and a Jim Beam bottle is held by Cruise when he hops up on the bar top and cites the “Barman’s Poem.”
Mel Gibson drinks Tequila Sunrises.
The Joker drinks a Martini.
License to Kill
Timothy Dalton orders a medium-dry Vodka Martini.
She’s Out of Control
Tony Danza orders a Double Kahlúa Punch, which is served in a pineapple with a parasol.
John Ritter drinks a Bonzai Sunset.
Bonfire of the Vanities
Alan King orders a Sidecar, then tells Bruce Willis, “I'm not supposed to drink, but I love a Sidecar.” He then drinks it, is served another, tells Willis a crazy story, then dies at the restaurant table.
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Andrew Dice Clay makes a Sambuca Milkshake.
Val Kilmer drinks a Ramos Gin Fizz.
The Penguin’s parents drink Martinis.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Absinthe is seen and the film’s opening line is, “Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the soul. The green fairy who lives in the absinthe wants your soul, but you are safe with me.”
Bill Murray orders a Jim Beam & Water and Andie MacDowell orders a Dubonnet on the rocks with a twist.
Robert Prosky orders a Double Scotch on the rocks and tells the waiter to bring Robin Williams two of them so that he can catch up.
Johnny Depp orders a Beefeater Martini.
Interview with a Vampire
Brad Pitt is seen drinking absinthe, and then absinthe is mentioned another time.
Daiquiris are drunk.
Father of the Bride
Steve Martin has a daydream in which his son-in-law is a Martini-drinking playboy.
Meg Ryan orders a Sea Breeze.
Pierce Brosnan orders a Vodka Martini.
Sandra Bullock orders a Gibson at the Beach Bar.
The film’s opening scene shows a waiter serving a glass of absinthe, and then Leonardo DiCaprio disrupts a speech about absinthe. Later it shows DiCaprio drinking absinthe.
Exit in Red
Annabel Schofield drinks a Margarita.
Christopher McDonald drinks Martinis.
In Love and War
Sandra Bullock gives Chris O’Donnell a Martini made from gin and castor oil.
Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds have Martinis.
Lots of drinks are seen, ordered, and mentioned such as single malt Scotch, Dewar’s Scotch, Martinis, and a cocktail called James Bond. Bottles seen at a party are Jack Daniel’s, Stoli vodka, and Glenfiddich Scotch. A swing band sings the song “You and Me and the Bottle Three,” which mentions a Gin & Tonic in the lyrics.
The Evening Star
Miranda Richardson orders a Bloody Mary.
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
Claire Danes drink two large Zombies.
Up Close and Personal
Michelle Pfeiffer has a Banana Daiquiri.
Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly have Margaritas. There are many drinks seen. There is also a bartender doing bar tricks.
Billy Crystal drinks a Martini.
Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag
Andy Comeau, Kristy Swanson, and George Hamilton drink Margaritas.
Billy Crystal chugs a Martini in one gulp.
George of the Jungle
Thomas Haden Church makes a comment about a Gin Martini then orders two Black Russians and a White Ape.
Pam Grier & Samuel L. Jackson order Screwdrivers at the Cockatoo Inn.
Meet Wally Sparks
Debi Mazar asks for Sex on the Beach.
Heather Locklear’s mother drinks a Bloody Mary.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney order Margaritas.
Open Your Eyes
Fele Martinez and Penelope Cruz drink Rum & Cokes. Eduardo Noriega orders a Whiskey & Coke.
Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Aniston drink Martinis.
The Ice Storm
Sigourney Weaver drinks Martinis at a party.
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Bill Murray drinks a Martini.
Tomorrow Never Dies
Pierce Brosnan drinks a Vodka Martini.
Bringing Down the House
Joan Plowright orders a Double 7&7.
Tim Roth drinks a Martini.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro drink Singapore Slings.
Gods and Monsters
Ian McKellen has two Martinis.
Sandra Bullock orders a Vodka Tonic.
Living Out Loud
Holly Hunter has a Martini.
Sandra Bullock makes a Midnight Margarita.
The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges drinks many White Russians.
Stanley Tucci has a Martini in a huge Martini glass while others have normal Martini glasses. A Grasshopper is also ordered.
The Odd Couple II
Jack Lemmon drinks a Martini.
There’s Something About Mary
Matt Dillon orders a Whiskey Sour.
Twice Upon Yesterday
Penelope Cruz plays a bartender and makes a Gin & Tonic.
Matt Dillon orders Rum & Coke.
A Perfect Murder
Michael Douglas holds a Martini and fixes one for Gwyneth Paltrow.
Blast from the Past
Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek drink Martinis. Alicia Silverstone brings a Champagne Cocktail to Brendan Fraser.
Crazy in Alabama
Melanie Griffith orders a Hurricane in New Orleans.
Selma Blair finishes her beverage and says it doesn’t taste like tea. Ryan Phillippe tells her that it’s from Long Island (Long Island Iced Tea).
Bruce Greenwood has a Martini.
Eyes Wide Shut
Todd Field has a Vodka Tonic.
There are Martinis all through this film.
House on Haunted Hill
Famke Janssen has a Martini.
Me, Myself, & Irene
Renée Zellweger and Jim Carrey have Rum & Cokes.
A Double Whiskey Sour is ordered.
The World Is Not Enough
Pierce Brosnan drinks a Vodka Martini.
Huey Lewis has a 7&7.
Meet the Parents
Robert De Niro’s favorite drink is a Tom Collins.
Joe Gould’s Secret
Stanley Tucci and Ian Holm have several Martinis.
Nutty Professor II
Eddie Murphy orders a 7&7.
Ben Affleck orders Rum & Cokes.
The Banger Sisters
Goldie Hawn makes herself a Rum & Coke.
The Whole Nine Yards
Bruce Willis drinks Martinis and Matthew Perry drinks Scotch & Soda. There are many drink scenes.
Best Laid Plans
Alessandro Nivola and Josh Brolin drink 7&7’s.
While taking a bath in a claw-foot tub, Johnny Depp makes himself a poisoned absinthe.
Cecil B. Demented
Melanie Griffith has several Martinis.
Cheaper by the Dozen
Bonnie Hunt has a Martini.
Chuck & Buck
Chris Weitz orders a Martini and Mike White orders a Rum & Coke.
Down to You
Selma Blair has an Old-Fashioned.
Martin Lawrence tells Marsha Thomason he wants to have Mai Tais.
Bill Nighy orders two Gin & Tonics.
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
George Hamilton has a Martini.
Down to Earth
Wanda Sykes mixes a Martini in the car. Chazz Palminteri carries a Martini. Greg Germann and Jennifer Coolidge have Martinis.
Jennifer Love Hewitt orders a very dry Martini.
Rowan Atkinson orders a Bloody Mary.
Reese Witherspoon’s dad drinks Martinis.
A bartender offers Brendan Fraser a Coma-tini.
Moulin Rouge is a 1890s Paris nightclub, so lots of drinking is seen. Absinthe is drunk and an absinthe fairy flies around at different times in the film.
Jill Clayburgh has several Martinis.
Whoopi Goldberg and Lanai Chapman order Mimosas.
Jerry O’Connell is given a Hot Toddy.
Cameron Diaz has a Martini.
40 days and 40 nights
Josh Hartnett buys his date a Martini.
Jack Nicholson orders a Vodka Gimlet. Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates drink Manhattans.
Die Another Day
Pierce Brosnan drinks Martinis, but the viral cocktail in this film is a Mojito. Forty years prior, James Bond exploded the Vodka Martini and now revives the 1920s classic Cuban cocktail, the Mojito.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Maggie Smith has a Bloody Mary.
Igby Goes Down
Ryan Phillippe has a Bloody Mary.
Juliette Lewis orders a Sex on the Beach.
Miguel A. Nunez Jr. asks for a Cosmopolitan, heavy on the vodka.
Kissing Jessica Stein
Jennifer Westfeldt orders a Strawberry Margarita.
A Guy Thing
James Brolin brings Diana Scarwid a Martini.
Bad Boys II
Gabrielle Union and Jordi Molla drink Bacardi Mojitos.
From Justin to Kelly
Katherine Bailess has a Martini and Greg Siff has a Piña Colada.
Lost in Translation
Scarlett Johansson orders a Vodka Tonic. And Bill Murray is in Japan for a whiskey commercial.
Sam Rockwell has a Martini.
Mona Lisa Smile
Marcia Gay Harden mentions a Manhattan. Dominic West orders a Jack & Ginger.
Colin Farrell works as a bartender and serves Al Pacino a Martini.
Stuck on You
Cher and Greg Kinnear have Margaritas.
The Haunted Mansion
A client of Eddie Murphy’s orders three Volcanoes (a house speciality drink).
Susan Sarandon pulls out a bottle of illegal absinthe she smuggled and makes two Absinthe Drips for herself and Jude Law.
Breakin’ All the Rules
Jamie Foxx buys Gabrielle Union a Double Bloody Mary. Morris Chestnut chugs a Martini and, because of all the olives in front of him, we suspect he’s had many.
Halle Berry orders a White Russian and tells the bartender to hold the vodka and
Jude Law orders a Vodka Tonic for Julia Roberts.
Absinthe is drunk in a club by the main characters.
Flight of the Phoenix
Kirk Jones wishes he could have a Bacardi & Coke.
I Heart Huckabees
Jude Law has a Martini and mentions that in the future he will drink Piña Coladas.
John Travolta and his firefighters order many drinks, including an Irish Car Bomb, 7&7, Sea Breeze, and Margarita.
Man on Fire
Denzel Washington asks for a Jack & Water.
Meet the Fockers
Dustin Hoffman serves a tray of Tom Collinses.
Matthew Lillard orders a 7&7.
Alexa Vega gets a text message telling her to order a Sex on the Beach.
A woman orders a 7&7.
Will Ferrell drinks a Bloody Mary and Nicole Kidman drinks two Martinis.
Fun with Dick & Jane
Jim Carrey, Alec Baldwin, and Tea Leoni have Mimosas.
Ashton Kutcher orders a Vodka Tonic. Zoë Saldana orders Cosmopolitans.
In Her Shoes
Shirley MacLaine makes Cosmopolitans to impress her granddaughter, Cameron Diaz.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Robert Downey Jr. orders a Jack & Soda.
Lord of War
Nicolas Cage drinks a Martini.
Jane Fonda drinks Martinis.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Brad Pitt orders and fixes himself a Martini.
Rachel McAdams orders a Bay Breeze at an airport.
Rumor Has It
Jennifer Aniston carries two Bloody Marys.
Jamie Fox, Jessica Biel, and Josh Lucas drink Martinis.
Thank You for Smoking
Robert Duvall and Aaron Eckhart have Mint Juleps.
The Ice Harvest
John Cusack orders a Rum & Pineapple Juice.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Sam Rockwell drinks a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.
Pierce Brosnan orders Margaritas.
The Upside of Anger
Joan Allen and Alicia Witt order Bloody Marys.
The Wedding Date
Dermot Mulroney brings Debra Messing a Bloody Mary. Martinis are seen.
James Bond orders a Vesper. “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?”
Joyful Drake orders a Cosmopolitan.
Keir O’Donnell orders himself and Jennifer Aniston two Apple Martinis.
The Pink Panther
Steve Martin has a flaming drink and, during the cartoon credits, the Pink Panther holds a Martini.
Gone Baby Gone
Three shots of Cutty Sark Scotch is ordered.
Many Margaritas are drunk.
Hemmingway Daiquiris are ordered.
Code Name: The Cleaner
Cedric the Entertainer talks about having Mai Tais.
A poisoned red Appletini is given to Amy Adams.
Shrek the Third
Prince Charming orders a round of Fuzzy Navels for the bar and Puss in Boots daydreams of fishing with a pitcher of Mojitos beside him.
Brian Cox orders a Hot Toddy and Jake Gyllenhaal orders an Aqua Velva.
Katherine Heigl drinks a Vodka Soda and says she has Grey Goose & Red Bull in the fridge. There are also bar scenes.
And Then She Found Me
Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Helen Hunt have Sake Bombs.
A dry Martini and a Whiskey & Water are ordered.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jason Segel has a Malibu & Pineapple for breakfast. A Piña Colada is ordered. There are drinking scenes.
Rickey Gervais orders a Bombay Sapphire Martini straight up with olives, Campari and Soda, and a Pimm's Cup.
Robert Downy Jr. orders two dry Martinis.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Amy Adams mentions Margaritas and Bellinis.
Never Back Down
A Margarita is seen.
The captain talks about selling Piña Coladas to tourists.
Sex and the City
No drinks are mentioned but the Cosmopolitan and Flirtini are seen.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Brad Pitt drinks a Sazerac.
The House Bunny
Anna Faris has a Kamikaze. College students talk about Marvin’s tasty Margaritas.
The Love Guru
Martinis are ordered.
Joaquin Phoenix orders a Brandy Alexander.
Sam Worthington mentions Tequila in voice-over narration. Stephen Yang tells his team that the first round of drinks is on him.
Blanca Portillo orders a Gin and Tonic.
Ben Barnes sits for a portrait painting with a glass of absinthe next to him.
Robert Duvall and Bill Murray drink moonshine.
Princess and the Frog
The frog says, "I’ll take a pre-dinner cocktail and something to nibble on.”
Jägermeister is drunk on a hotel rooftop.
A Vodka Red Bull is seen.
Alan Cumming tells Christina Aguilera, “Maybe I should wash your mouth out with Jägermeister."
Charlie St. Cloud
Zac Efron holds a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.
Bruce Willis offers to buy Jason Lee a drink. Jason asks for a Scotch and Bruce orders him rum.
Matt Walsh hands John C. Riley holds a Vodka Red Bull.
Scott Porter says that Channing Tatum looks like he could use a drink, and then brings him Bourbon.
Dinner For Schmucks
The ringtone on Steve Carell’s phone is the chorus of Rupert Holmes 1979 Piña Colada song.
Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts orders Tequila on the rocks and also tells Billy Crudup that she’ll have unlimited mini-bar access in their Bali hotel.
Edge Of Darkness
Jay O. Sanders asks a grieving Mel Gibson if he wants coffee or something stronger and Mel says, “There’s a bottle of Crown Royal somewhere in the house collecting dust.”
Get Him To The Greek
Russell Brand says, “It’s time to invest in Jack Daniel’s.”
Pierce Brosnan is given a Bloody Mary.
Going the Distance There are many drinking scenes. In the opening credits, Drew Barrymore gets a text message asking about getting a drink. After tasting some cake icing, Justin Long mentions that vodka is a great chaser.
Ben Stiller’s grocery list for Greta Gerwig is whiskey.
Iron Man 2
Scarlett Johansson hands Robert Downey Jr. a Dirty Martini and suggestively asks, “Is that dirty enough for you?” There are also more drink scenes.
Catherine O’Hara drinks from a large pitcher of Bloody Marys.
Knight and Day
Cameron Diaz kisses Tom Cruise on a plane and says, “That was from the Tequila and altitude.” Viola Davis tells Peter Sarsgaard that something needed a Margarita. A guy orders a Harvey Wallbanger.
Amy Adams drinks a Martini.
Life As We Know It
There are many drinking scenes. Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Hayes MacArthur, and Christina Hendricks drink Mimosas.
Catherine O’Hara drinks from a pitcher of Bloody Marys. One of Owen Wilson’s (Marmaduke, the dog) friends says to him, “Not to rub Margarita salt in the wound."
Our Family Wedding
Bartender, Paul Costa (self-labeled as a mixologist) tosses liquor bottles about while preparing drinks then Carlos Mencia and Forest Whitaker both order a Pink Nipple.
Richard Dreyfuss sings the song Show Me the Way to Go Home, which features the lyric, “...I had a little drink about an hour ago and it’s gone right to my head...” Jerry O’Connell drinks Tequila body shots off on a bikini-clad Riley Steele.
Brian Cox opens a bottle of Sobieski Vodka with a knife.
The Friar, Mark Addy collects money from the three men and then asks them if they know about mead. Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) and his men, drink and sing about mead.
Angelina Jolie and several Russian agents drink vodka. Later, later she uses a bottle of vodka as a weapon.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Michael Cera orders two Gin & Tonics.
Sex In The City 2
There are many drinking scenes. Jessica Parker describes Abu Dhabi to Kristen Davis’s young daughter as, “Like Jasmine, only with cocktails,” (referring to the lead female character from the animated Disney film, Aladdin).
Shrek drinks Eyeball Martinis.
Ben Kingsley offers Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo a drink and Ruffalo asks for a rye. There is also a hot tub scene with lots of bottles.
Margaritas are seen and Mimosas are drunk.
There are many alcohol scenes with Matt Dillon and others. T.I. drinks Paul Walker’s Scotch without his permission.
Gerald McRaney states he has a bottle of Blue Label (Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch) waiting for the team, and Liam Neeson tells him to make it a case.
The Bounty Hunter
Christine Baranski drinks a Martini.
The Ghost Writer
Pierce Brosnan is given a Bloody Mary. Olivia Williams tells the Ghost (Ewan McGregor) that he needs is a drink and gives him wine. The ghost says, “I don’t understand the point of white wine” and then has another drink instead.
The Other Guys
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are served Arnold Palmers at the house of one of Will’s former girlfriends and her husband announces that her drink is the only one with vodka added.
There are many drinking scenes. Jennifer Anniston, Juliette Lewis and others drink many drinks including a Bloody Mary.
You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
Gemma Jones asks for Sherry from Pauline Collins and Pauline says, “Is Scotch is okay?”
Anne Hathaway says she’s going to need a Mint Julep.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Many drinks are seen, but Ryan Gosling’s drink of choice is an Old-Fashioned. In one scene Gosling skillfully makes two of them. I believe this helped restart the Old Fashioned popularity.
The Great Gatsby
Leonardo DiCaprio orders highballs.
Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard drink absinthe.
John Malkovich and Robert Rodriguez put a bottle of King Louis XIII Cognac into a time capsule, and the planned release date is November 18, 2115.
There is a bar scene where Margot Robbie tends bar and a Bloody Mary, beer, sake, and whiskey is mentioned. It looks like Margot has tended bar before in real life.
The Nice Guys
Russell Crowe is handed an orange cocktail with a cherry garnish at a party but does not drink it because he is a recovering alcoholic. Ryan Gosling drinks Martinis, whiskey, and orders Scotch.
A remake of the 1949 comedy about the raiding of a shipwreck and its cargo of whiskey.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
The film has a lot of drinking scenes.
Michael Sheen plays an android bartender named Arthur on the Starship Avalon. Arthur serves Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt Champagne Cocktails.
Jason Batemen drinks a Harvey Wallbanger.
A Simple Favor
Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick drink Aviation American Gin Martinis.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Brad Pitt drinks Bloody Marys. Leonardo DiCaprio drinks Whiskey Sours. Al Pacino drinks Courvoisier XO. Some of the 1969 glassware used fits the period, but sadly there are others that weren't researched well.
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