From Mad Men’s Don Draper to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, there are countless protagonists in pop culture who have contributed to the popularity of so many of our favourite famous cocktails. Taking into account the so-called “Golden Age of Television” currently gracing our screens, together with Hollywood’s greatest, here’s a list of the top cocktail moments in pop culture, brought to you by the team of the most stylish bistro in Malta, Charles Grech Bistro.
1. The Big Lebowski: The White Russian
Arguably Jeff Bridges’ signature role, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski became one of the most famous film icons of the 20th century. Because of the character’s love for White Russians, the cocktail enjoyed a massive revival soon after the film’s release in 1998. In fact, it is one of the most famous cocktails since the James Bond Martini.
2. James Bond: The Martini
Speaking of which – did you know that the famous one-liner “Shaken, not stirred” was actually not uttered by the famous secret agent, but his nemesis Dr. No? James Bond was only seen and heard ordering the Martini cocktail himself in the 1964 film Goldfinger. It would then go on to be called the Vesper, named after the original Bond girl played by Eva Green in Casino Royale.
3. Sex and the City: The Cosmopolitan
It’s impossible to imagine Carrie and the gang enjoying a night out on the town without a cocktail each, toasting to each other’s love lives and exchanging the latest gossip. Although the Cosmopolitan had been in existence since the late 80s, it was Carrie Bradshaw who made it the most popular cocktail of the 90s.
4. Mad Men: The Old Fashioned (and so many others!)
The lives of the so called “mad men” – a 1950s slang term referring to advertisers who worked on Madison Avenue – were portrayed on this series, widely considered to be one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Don Draper and crew seemed to live on what was basically a liquid diet, with Manhattans for breakfast and Martinis for dinner. However, it was the Old Fashioned – Draper’s favourite drink – that was recognised as the crowning cocktail of the show.
5. Groundhog Day: Sweet Vermouth
If you were forced to relive the same day over and over again, which cocktail would you choose? The protagonist of this classic comedy, Phil Connors, was forced to drink sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist (a drink he strongly disliked) ad infinitum, just to impress his love interest in the movie.
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