Cinema is full of cool cocktails like Ryan Gosling’s special Old Fashioned from “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, The Dude’s White Russian, James Bond’s martini, and Robert Duvall’s Mint Julep. At last, you can learn how to make them and enjoy them from the comfort of your home. If you are going to try them all at once you will also need a hangover cure, like Barney Stinson’s “Hangover Fixer Elixir” made famous in “How I Met Your Mother.” We’ve got you covered there, too.
The wonderful part of making good cocktails is that they are quick and simple. You don’t need a lot of ingredients, just high quality, which is not necessarily expensive. For example, the video’s “good bourbon” of choice is Buffalo Trace, an excellent bottle that retails for around $27, which can be less than low shelf alternatives in some states. James Bond demands the use of Gordon’s gin, which is also pretty cheap.
Good cocktails are better than you thought.
1. The White Russian from “The Big Lobowski”
Pour 2 ounces of vodka, 1.5 ounces of Kahlua (coffee liqueur), and one ounce of heavy cream over ice. That’s it.
2. Sweet Vermouth Rocks With A Twist from “Groundhog Day”
Peel a twist of lemon, rub it around the rim of your glass, and pour sweet vermouth into the glass over ice.
3. Ryan Gosling’s Old Fashioned from “Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Soak a sugar cube with aromatic bitters in an empty glass, then crush the cube into a powder with a muddler. Pour 2 ounces of good Kentucky bourbon into the glass, add ice with a cocktail spoon (or don’t), and a wide twist of orange. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Robert Duvall’s Mint Julep from “Thank You For Smoking”
Muddling mint on your palm will only get your flavor in the glass, so we suggest muddling a couple leaves of mint in a metal cup with a sugar cube. fill the cup 3/4 of the way with crushed ice (you can get it by the cup at sonic) and add 2 ounces of bourbon and a splash of seltzer. Top off the glass with ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.
5. James Bond’s Vesper Martini from “Casino Royale”
Fill a shaker with ice and add three ounces of gin, one ounce of vodka, and one ounce of lillet liqueur. Shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Rub the rim of the glass with a twist of lemon, and then drop it into the drink.
6. The French 75 from “Casablanca”
Combing one ounce of gin, the juice of half a lemon, and 1/4 ounce of simple syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a coupe glass, before topping it off with 2 ounces of champagne or the sparkling white wine of your choice. Prosecco is a great option. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
7. Stinson’s Hangover Fixer Elixir from “How I Met Your Mother”
Throw a handful of Funyuns, one banana, some grated ginger root, a spoonful of bacon fat, and a can of Surge into a blender. Blend until smooth and rink at your own risk. Spoiler: this will probably make you more sick. Hangovers are the result of dehydration, so instead of this elixir, take some Advil and drink a lot of water.