World Class World Cocktail Week May 6th – 13th
Lights, camera, action! World Class sets its sights on Hollywood as it puts some of the world’s most cinematic cocktails in the spotlight. Channel your inner movie star and indulge in drinks made with some of the world’s best spirits at Golden Age Bar and Cinema in Surry Hills, Sydney during World Class World Cocktail Week (6th-13th May).
You’ll find these classic cocktails on the list…
White Russian from The Big Lebowski
Iconic stoner, bathrobe enthusiast, avid bowler, “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski finds himself tangled in a series of crimes while trying to seek damages for a rug destroyed in a case of mistaken identity. The Dude drinks White Russians throughout the cult comedy, even resorting to non-dairy powdered creamer in the absence of milk.
French 75 from Casablanca
The classic World War II film depicts a tangled love story centred around Rick’s bar in Casablanca. The French 75 is a cocktail borne of war, named after the French 75-millimeter M1897 canon. A Nazi soldier orders a round of the cocktails for Rick’s discarded girlfriend Yvonne, shortly before Rick’s was shutdown after the discovery of illegal gambling.
Vesper Martini from Casino Royale
The vodka martini is arguably one of the most the well-known drinks in cinema history, the phrase “shaken, not stirred” embedded itself in our vocabulary after being popularised by secret agent 007, James Bond. In Casino Royale Daniel Craig orders, “Three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.” and names it after his lover and traitor Vesper Lynd.
Manhattan from Some Like It Hot
The impromptu party in Some Like it Hot features DIY cocktail making at its best in the top bunk of an overnight train. Bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters are poured into an improvised cocktail shaker (a hot water bottle) and girls clamper for space and drink from a paper cups. The only thing missing were the maraschino cherries.
Whisky Sour from The Seven Year Itch
Marilyn Monroe standing over a grate as her dress is blown up was one of the most iconic images to come from The Seven Year Itch. The black and white classic film tells the story of Richard Sherman, a middle-aged executive going through a mid-life crisis in the absence of his wife. In one scene, he declares independence and tells his secretary of his breakfast-making capabilities, “As a matter of fact, I had a peanut butter sandwich and two Whisky Sours.”
Old Fashioned from It’s a Mad Mad World
Drinking and flying may not be encouraged by anyone who values their life but in It’s a Mad Mad World, a hungover Tyler Fitzgerald wants an Old Fashioned while piloting Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett) and Ding Bell (Mickey Rooney) to their destination. He ultimately makes his own drinks while allowing the others to pilot the jet, before being knocked unconscious and crashing into an airport terminal. Don’t drink and fly, kids.
Singapore Sling from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the eccentric Hunter S. Thompson embarks on a journey with his lawyer Dr. Gonzo in a haze induced by a cocktail of illegal drugs. A more legal cocktail however, was famously consumed in the Pogo Lounge at the Beverly Hills before the journey started. In a flashback, Thompson’s alter ego, Raoul Duke describes sitting “in the patio section, of course, drinking Singapore Slings with mescal on the side.”Golden Age Cinema Paramount House
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney Available Tues May 6 – Tues May 13 for $18 Drink Responsibly — Get The Facts, DrinkWise.org.au