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13 Famous Movie Cocktails & How to Make Them

13 Famous Movie Cocktails & How to Make Them

We are big movie and TV buffs here at Total Guide to Manchester so we bashed heads to come up with our list of 13 famous movie cocktails and how to make them.

To make things even easier for you to replicate these we have included ingredients that you can pick up from independent spirits shop Tipples of Manchester. 

Tipples of Manchester have everything you need to create a home cocktail kit and all the ingredients to make either the cocktails above or your own favourites.

To find out more and to see Tipples’ full stocklist click here. 

How to make James Bond's Vesper Martini

1. Vesper Martini – James Bond

We just had to include this one so we thought we would put it first. It’s a classic, simple, easy to make and drunk by possibly the smoothest man to hit the big screen.


  • 75ml No.3 Gin 
  • 25ml Black Cow Vodka 
  • 12.5ml Lillet Dry Vermouth 

Served in: Martini Glass 

Garnish: Lemon Peel 

Method: Combine all the spirits but as tempting as it is to shake them as Bond always asks for, don't do this as it ruins the drink, pour into a chilled glass, stir and then add your garnish. 

how to make white russian from the big lebowski

2. White Russian – The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is an absolute cult classic of a film from the Coen Brothers with the lead character Jeff Lebowski mistaken for his millionaire namesake and the White Russian cocktail features heavily. We won’t ruin the bizarre plot as it will have you laughing throughout.


  • 37.5ml Cariel Vanilla Vodka 
  • 37.5ml Mr Black Coffee Liqueur 
  • 37.5ml Light Cream  

Served in: Whiskey Glass 

Garnish: None 

Method: Combine the ingredients into a glass with ice and stir gently. 

how to make an old fashioned from mad men

3. Old Fashioned – Mad Men

One of the biggest TV shows in history, Mad Men, set in the 1960s follows an advertising agency in Manhattan and the high-pressure world that they get wrapped up in. It’s a brilliant show and the Old Fashioned is a drink that was huge in the era Mad Men takes place in so it’s no surprise that’s the one we’ve picked (also because it might be one of our favourites).


  • 50ml Four Roses Bourbon 
  • 1 Cube or Teaspoon of Demerara Sugar 
  • 2-3 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters 

Served in: Whiskey Glass 

Garnish: 1 Orange Peel Twist 

Method: Muddle the orange peel, sugar, bitters and a dash of the bourbon in a glass with no ice. Add the rest of the bourbon, fill with ice and stir well until the sugar is fully dissolved.

how to make mississipi punch from breakfast at tiffanys

4. Mississippi Punch – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Another movie that has gone down in history, it’s one of those that almost everyone seems to have watched. The classic romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn sees her lead character sipping on a Mississippi Punch cocktail so let's run through how to make it.


  • 25ml Maxime Trijol Cognac 
  • 12.5 ml Maker’s 46 Bourbon 
  • 12.5 ml Lemon Juice 
  • 12.5 ml Sugar Syrup  
  • 12.5 ml Plantation Original Dark Rum 

Served in: Collins Glass 

Garnish: Slice of Orange and Raspberries 

Method: Shake all ingredients except dark rum in a cocktail shaker with cubed ice.  Strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice and then gently pour dark rum on top so it floats. 

how to make a cosmopolitan from sex and the city

5. Cosmopolitan – Sex and the City

The ultimate rom-com tv drama series which racked up an impressive 94 episodes following the ups and downs of four women living in New York. We don’t need to go into the plot as the series is so well known and Google exists. Onto the cocktail, the Cosmopolitan.


  • 37.5ml Ketel One Citrus Vodka 
  • 25ml Cranberry Juice 
  • 12.5ml Cointreau 
  • 12.5ml Lime Juice 

Served in: Martini Glass 

Garnish: Orange Peel Twist or Lime Wheel 

Method: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. 

archer green russian recipe

6. Green Russian – Archer

It’s not a movie but if you haven’t checked out the TV show Archer then you need to. The comedy animation is hilarious, it is almost like taking all the stereotypes and clichés of James Bond and amplifying them to the extreme, mostly so when it comes to the drinking as the lead character Sterling Archer never seems to be without a drink. In one-episode Archer decides to make a Green Russian and even states “This is the only time I’ll say be careful with a cocktail” as it’s got a kick and needs a balance. Check out the recipe below.


  • 25ml La Fée Absinthe 
  • 25ml Virtous Blond Vodka 
  • 12.5ml Riottet Creme de Menthe 
  • 25ml Milk 

Served in: Whiskey Glass 

Garnish: None 

Method: Shake ingredients over ice, in a cocktail mixer then strain into an ice filled glass. 

the red eye recipe from cocktail

7. The Red Eye – Cocktail

How could we not include something from a movie named Cocktail? Tom Cruise stars in the film as he works as a bartender to pay for his college degree in order to get the dream job. Of course, there is drama along the way but also some great drinks so here is the recipe for a Red Eye and it’s not for everyone.


  • 25ml Stolichnaya Vodka 
  • 150ml Refrigerated Tomato Juice 
  • 300ml Brightside Lager 
  • 1 Egg 

Served in: Chilled Beer Glass 

Garnish: None (Well Sort of the Egg!) 

Method: Pour the vodka and tomato juice into the glass and stir, top up the glass with the beer. Finally add the egg to finish. 

groundhog day sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist

8. Sweet Vermouth – Groundhog Day

If you’re going to relive the same day over and over again then why not do it with a great drink. The comedy starring Bill Murray is a cracker and another one that everyone seems to have watched. With this drink being a prominant part of the film we had to include it, even though it’s one of the most simple around.


  • Either; La Quintinye Vermouth Royal, Vermut Lustau or Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino (Sweet Vermouth) 

Served in: Whiskey Glass 

Garnish: Lemon Twist 

Method: Fill your glass with ice and pour over the sweet vermouth before adding your lemon twist. 

moloko plus recipe from a clockwork orange

9. Moloko Plus – A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange the movie adapted from the Andrew Burgess novel is another cult classic. The movie is dark and twisted so you just knew the cocktail was going to follow suit.


  • 25ml La Fée Absinthe 
  • 25ml Ricard Pastis De Marseille Anisette Liqueur 
  • 50ml Costwolds Cream Liqueur 
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar 
  • 125ml Milk 

Served in: Tumbler or Tall Glass 

Garnish: None 

Method: Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into your glass. 

casablanca french 75 recipe

10. French 75 – Casablanca

There are a few stories about the creation of the French 75 and in the movie Casablanca it’s certainly the standout drink ordered at the bar which the movie centres around. Sharp, sweet and classy, here’s how to make it.


  • 37.5 ml Fair Juniper Gin 
  • 12.5 ml Lemon Juice 
  • 6ml Sugar Syrup 
  • Perrier-Jouet Champagne 

Served in: Champagne Flute 

Garnish: Lemon Peel 

Method: Combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into the champagne flute, top up with champagne and add your garnish. 

lost in translation suntory whisky

11. Suntory Whisky – Lost in Translation

Bill Murray makes another appearance in our list with the film Lost in Translation, it seems like every inclusion has been a classic so if you are a film buff you will have probably seen them all. Well it might not be a cocktail but we thought it was worth adding to the list.


  • 50ml Suntory Whisky 

Served in: Whiskey Glass 

Garnish: None 

Method: Simply pour into your glass with your preference of ice or no ice. 

silence of the lambs chianti red wine

12. Chianti – Silence of the Lambs

Well this isn’t a cocktail at all but we thought we would add a couple of interesting additions at the end! Hannibal Lecter famously used to drink red wine throughout the movie, just enjoy it with your Sunday roast or steak not like the mad man himself.


  • Conti Serristori Chianti 

Served in: Wine Glass 

bridget jones diary chardonnay white wine

13. Chardonnay – Bridget Jones’ Diary

Again, a bit of fun to round off our article. Bridget Jones has plenty of tough luck and the scenes of eating plenty of ice cream and drinking white wine is something pretty much all of us can relate to, so why not grab a nice bottle in honour of the modern day rom-com classic. 


  • Macon-Villages Chardonnay 

Served in: The Bottle 

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