Seems like these days everyone could use a good stiff drink and a good movie! I am back with another round of fancy drinks and the movies that featured them. The first few are from movies I saw in 2016 and the last one is the first of 2017!  This time out there’s some familiar beverages making the rounds and I have a couple of movies that had a Champagne Cocktail! Now, grab some old fashioned glasses, ice and shakers and let’s get started! Cheers!

leechwomanTHE LEECH WOMAN (1960) –  Whisky & Vodka over ice 
What does Dr. Paul Talbot, an endocrinologist, do when he’s in a bad marriage? Well he takes his aging alcoholic wife with him on a trip to Africa to be his test subject on a possible fountain of youth! When wife, June Talbot, realizes she’s just another experiment she gets mad! The bright side is she gets back her youth and “ditches” her hubby! The dark side is just what it takes to stay young!  She needs the pineal glands of the recently deceased! (Oh that magic Pineal Gland! What wonders you hold!)

Before June finds her youth she was turning to the bottle for her happiness, just some pure straight Whisky! Here’s to you whisky, guardian of all frustrated wives.”

Whisky! Did you say Whisky?

Whisky! Did you say Whisky?


“Drinking and my feelings for you are both bad for me. I know that.”

"Just one more to numb me."

“Just one more to numb me.”

Whisky – Get yourself a clean glass, pour in an ounce, maybe two of Whisky and then sip or gulp, depending on mood.

Later in her youthful state June finds a young man to drink Vodka over ice, uh oh there’s no ice, with!

Say fella, be my bartender!

Say fella, be my bartender!

I like you and I like vodka!

I like you and I like vodka!

Vodka over ice – Get a glass, a few cubes of ice (optional) and pour in two ounces of Vodka. Cheers you minx!


bettewilliamSATAN MET A LADY (1936) – Whisky and Soda Sherry
This movie is the second adaptation of THE MALTESE FALCON, and it stars Bette Davis and Warren William. Warren is detective Ted Shane who has been wrangled into finding an old jeweled horn! This is a fun take on the story before old Bogie took the reigns.

After Shane’s apartment has been turned upside down the man who did it came back for some witty banter and a libation. Shane’s drink of choice is the Whisky and Soda while the gentleman prefers a nice Sherry!

Let's be friends!

Let’s be friends! It’s only business! Come on!

Whisky and Soda – 1 part Scotch and 2 parts soda. Take a chilled glass filled with ice and pour in 1/2 oz of whisky and 1 oz of soda water. (Shane didn’t use ice, his apartment and liquor cabinet was a mess!) 

Sherry – a Spanish wine made of white grapes. It should be served in a Sherry glass, either as an Aperitif or after dinner dessert wine. Shane’s enemy really does enjoy a good Sherry after he messes a place up.


falldownallALL FALL DOWN (1962) – Champagne Cocktail
The Willart family is a bit unusual. Clinton Willart (played by Brandon De Wilde, to best known to me as the little kid in Shane!) is the youngest of two boys in the household. He thinks his older brother Berry-Berry (Warren Betty) is the best guy around! Berry-Berry hasn’t been home in a while and Clinton gets him to make a big return to please his quirky parents Annabell and Ralph (Angela Lansbury and Karl Mulden). Annabell loves her eldest and is so devoted to him, which is one reason Berry-Berry ran away. To make the web more tangled Echo (Eva Marie Saint) a family friend come around for a visit!

lured-1LURED (1947) Champagne Cocktail
London is plagued with a serial killer who has been finding his victims through personal columns. Lucille Ball is Sandy Carpenter who’s friend was a recent victim. Sandy is recruited by the police to help them find the killer by replying to different personal ads. Alain Napier is one of the detectives! George Sanders is Robert Fleming the dashing debonaire gentleman and Boris Karloff has a fun cameo!

Can I trust you? Are you a murderous man?

Can I trust you? Are you a murderous man?

Champagne Cocktail – The simplest version of this cocktail includes Champagne, Angostura bitters, a sugar cube, and garnish of an orange or lemon slice in a champagne flute.

Take the sugar cube and add a 2 to 3 dashes of bitters and drop it into the champagne flute. Slowly pour in your champagne of choice and garnish with a citrus slice.

ruthlessmovieRUTHLESS (1948) – Old FashionedMartini
My first film discovery of 2017! RUTHLESS stars Zachary Scott as Horace Woodruff Vendig, who is one of the richest men out there!

Horace throws a big party as a peace offering that includes a major Peace donation to his country (Tax breaks!) and he hopes to make amends with acquaintances from his past. Vic (Louis Hayward) who has known Horace since they were kids is atop the list, but Vic still holds quite a grudge! When Vic shows up with Mallory (Diana Lynn) his gal pal of the last 5 years Horace is struck by the fact that Mallory looks just like Martha; his one true love. This begins the flashbacks to reveal Horace’s true nature of ruthlessness. (Look for a fun cameo from Raymond Burr!)

As Horace’s past pals gather at the party they drink to ease the pain; “You came for a drink and found a memory.”

Thanks to RUTHLESS I get to finally add Old Fashioned to my list!
Old Fashioned  The Old Fashion glass was named after this drink! So grab the glass, a sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, Angostura bitters, club soda (or water), bourbon (or rye) and ice cubes.
Put the sugar in the glass and add 3 dashes of bitters with a splash of club soda. Crush up/dissolve the sugar. Swirl it around to line the glass. Add a big cube of ice and pour in 2 oz of bourbon (or rye).

Martini – It is one part Dry Vermouth and six parts Gin: Pour 1/2 oz of Dry Vermouth and 3 oz of Gin, into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well and then strain it into a chilled martini glass, now you can garnish with an olive or some oil from a lemon peel.

Good Movies! Good Drinks! Cheers! Make a drink, watch a movie or watch a movie with some nice drinks. I’m going to be on the look out for more fancy beverages! I really need a day to make these beverage and get a bit tipsy! Just stay safe no matter what, and DON’T drink and drive!!! EVER!
Just watch movies and be happy! Yup!

Could you use a break? Do you need a drink to go with that break? Well, you’re in luck! I’ve got some beverages to wet your whistle.

Now go grab your chilled glasses, a shaker, buckets of ice and be ready to go and have a drink with me and the movies!

million dollarMILLION DOLLAR PURSUIT (1951) – Who doesn’t want an easy score? That one big break?! Well, if you’re a guy full of potential, but everyone thinks you’re just some small-time crook not amounting to much you can show ’em what’s what. That’s just how things are for Monte. He’s got plans! “One of these days…pull something really big!” Just wait, he’ll show you just what he means! Yup.

Monte gets his hands on a fancy key from an apartment store cashier safe! And like a guy of his nature he can’t help but do some bragging about the potential for a big score! Monte’s drink choice was a Scotch and Soda, with a twist, but heavy on the scotch.

Scotch & Soda, with a twist

You’ll need 1.5 oz of Scotch Whisky and 6 oz of Club Soda. Take a glass filled with ice, add the Scotch Whisky first and top it off with the Club Soda. Garnish the glass with a lemon twist.

heston drink

THE SECRET OF THE INCAS (1954) – Are you ready for an adventure? Are you interested in archeology and old artifacts? Want to see a strong, suave hombre in action? Well take a little trip to Peru with this this movie and see Charlton Heston in his leather jacket and hat as he sweet talks his way into a geological dig for some Incan Gold! This movie absolutely inspired Indiana Jones, just watch and see what I mean!

But, let me tell you, Mr. Heston is a real rough around the edges kinda man, and I didn’t like him all that much. I know I was supposed to though, because he is playing a man’s man! Bah!…Heston is just a selfish scammer and he sort of treats a lady to a Whisky Sour.

Whisky Sour

This fine libation is made with whisky, lemon juice, sugar, and a dash of egg white (egg white is optional, depending on who makes it.) Take 2 oz of whisky, 2/3 oz of lemon juice, a teaspoon of superfine sugar and pour it into a shaker along with some ice. Give it a good shake and then strain the drink into a glass filled with ice.

(1985) – The movie based on a board game. Re-watched this one a while back with some pals and we all laughed at the fun. No matter how many times I’ve seen this movie I still find myself giggling at the same jokes.

How can you not love this little murder mystery movie with the pale and tragic Mrs. White, Klutzy Mr. Green, Sexy Miss Scarlet, and the Butler Wadsworth? Well the alcoholic beverage of choice in CLUE was Cognac.

Cognac: Distilled Brandy from Cognac, France. Pour the old aged Cognac into a glass and sip away!


deadly spellCAST OF DEADLY SPELL (1991) – It’s 1940’s Los Angeles. The streets at night are wet and shiny. Every classy dame is dressed in a gown and you can light your cigarettes without matches because you’ve got magic hands! This detective film is filled with gore and stars Fred Ward as a detective who doesn’t delve into the Supernatural. He believes in real work and making an honest living. There’s two drinks from this flick! Clink, Clink!

Burbon & Water

Grab an old-fashioned glass. Add 2 oz of bourbon whiskey and 4 oz of water and stir. Tah-da! Bourbon and Water, whicn you can garnish with a twist of lemon peel to be fancy!

Scotch Sour (Back once again! Them classy folks love this libation.)

You need blended scotch whisky and lemon juice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in 1 and 1/2 oz of blended scotch whisky and 3/4 oz of lemon juice. Shake it up well. Strain it all into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.

I would recommend checking out CAST A DEADLY SPELL if you’re looking for a horror movie this Halloween season! The gore will satisfy! So have a drink, relax and be safe with each sippy sip! Yup!

Hey there, I’ll have what she’s having! Movies and Booze, baby! I have found some more fancy beverages from movies that I have been watching these past few months and I’m rounding a few of them up right here for a drinking party! This time out I’ll share a little bit more on these films that caught my fancy, in fact it’s making feel a bit tipsy.

It’s got be cocktail hour somewhere, right? Salud!

C of NYTHE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (1958): This one was a bit heavy! A super smarty smart selfless scientist, Dr. Jeremy (Ross Martin), is on his way to make the world a better place, even winning a Nobel Peace Prize, when he suddenly dies! The sad is his death is basically his son’s fault! (The lesson here, don’t give your kid a toy that you may have to chase after into oncoming traffic, D’oh!) But, Dr. Jeremy comes from a science family and his father Dr. William is a brain surgeon, his brother Dr. Henry has dealings with robotics! From here Dr. Williams saves the brain with Henry’s help they revive him as a Colossus robot creature. You can bet the happy reunion doesn’t stay happy for long!

In the movie they drink a Martini, but made with two olives and an onion, so it’s like a cross between a Dirty Martini and a Gibson!

Here’s a recipe for a Martini:

It is one part Dry Vermouth and six parts Gin: Pour 1/2 oz of Dry Vermouth and 3 oz of Gin, into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well and then strain it into a chilled martini glass, now you can garnish with an olive or some oil from a lemon peel.

wine and roses

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962) – I had never seen this movie and finally caught it on TCM one afternoon. This is a truly sad movie, but so good thanks to the actors and the story they told. Jack Lemmon is Joe Clay, a PR man who’s on the rise. When he makes the acquaintance of secretary Kirsten Arnesen, played by Lee Remick, the two fall in love and have a kid which seems to be the start of nothing but happy times. The thing is alcoholism comes into play, drinks each night grows to a need for drinks during the day and Joe and Kristen both develop some bad habits. A quote from the movie that beautifully illustrates the struggle is “Anything worth having, is worth suffering for.”

Before all the suffering the happy times began with a drink called a Brandy Alexander. It’s the drink Joe offers to Kristen to show that not all drinks have to taste alcoholic as it has a splash of chocolate. That Kirsten was a sweet tooth.

Brandy Alexander

You need Cognac, Dark Crème de cacao and fresh cream. Take a cocktail shaker filled with ice and add 2 oz of Cognac, 1 oz of Dark Crème de cacao and 1 oz of cream. Shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with nutmeg, freshly grated.


busy bodyTHE BUSY BODY (1967) – This funny little film was featured in my recent movie tally post. Something about it just gave me the giggles and some silly eye rolls. It’s a comedy directed by William Castle, starring Sid Cesar. Sid, as George Norton has to retrieve a body that was recently buried with $1,000,000 hidden in the suit. A series of mishaps and double crosses ensue. Richard Pryor is also in the movie as a police chief.

During a key scene where George is trying to get some info out of a woman he is asked to mix a Scotch Sour. The whole time George is distracted by the flirty woman that he grabs a glass, some cracked ice and lemon juice, which he shakes vigorously. Upon tasting he realizes he had forgotten the scotch. What was really on his mind?

Scotch Sour

You need blended scotch whisky and lemon juice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in 1 and 1/2 oz of blended scotch whisky and 3/4 oz of lemon juice. Shake it up well. Strain it all into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.

Life at Stake cheersA LIFE AT STAKE (1954) – This is one hot movie and more than a few drinks are had to cool off! Just look at that saucy Angela Lansbury! Meow! It all starts with an out of work architect named Edward. He’s feeling sorry for himself and down in the dumps due to some bad deals leaving him pretty broke. Then in noir fashion an offer that’s too good to refuse comes knocking on his door. Angela Lansbury is Doris Hillman, a rich married woman with an eye for land as a relator. She offers Edward the chance to build and design property for her to sell, but the catch is he needs to be insured to get her husbands ok. There’s nothing to be suspicious about, right?

When Edward and Doris first meet, Edward makes himself a whisky soda, and then when the two meet again it’s a Scotch light, with lots of water for them both! “Maybe a little music will get this party airborne.” (That’s what she said!)

Whisky Soda

This is Scotch Whisky and Soda Water, it’s 1 part Scotch and 2 parts soda. Take a chilled glass filled with ice and pour in 1/2 oz of whisky and 1 oz of soda water.

Scotch & Water 

Pour 2 oz of Scotch whisky, and 5 oz of water into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Serve and Sip. Sip.

Oh and last but not least, something I learned from A LIFE AT STAKE;  Champagne, “is for good things” and you want to toast like this: “here’s to fun and love!”

But,…if you’re in a Noir movie and celebrating with Champagne you should take it with a grain of salt, something bad is around the corner. Yup.

Now I lift my glass high and say cheers to you for making it this far! May you be happy, healthy and wise! Drink, but drink safe and again never drink and drive! It’s time to find a Happy Hour! Yup!

Here’s a toast;  “to you and movies!” Clink, Clink! Drink it up!

I’m keeping an eye out for drinks mentioned in movies, if someone pours a beverage in a glass without it’s fancy name I can’t go adding it to my list. And then in some movies, it’s a drink I’ve already mentioned but it won’t hurt to mention again as it will give me a chance to highlight a fun movie. Yup, so here’s a few more adult beverages for you movieholics.

Double_Exposure_FilmPosterStinger – DOUBLE EXPOSUE (1944) 

A Stinger (it’s back again!!!!) is made by adding crème de menthe to brandy/Cognac. Take a mixing glass filled with ice, add the crème de menthe (2/3 ounce) and brandy (1 3/4 ounce), stir and then strain it into a cold cocktail glass. It can also be served on the rocks. (ice, ice!)

Sherry – DOUBLE EXPOSUE (1944) 

Sherry is a wine; it’s a Spanish wine made of white grapes. It should be served in a Sherry glass, either as an Aperitif or after dinner dessert wine. (Dessert wines are good with Twinkies, so I’ve heard.) 😉


Screenshot_2016-02-13-11-03-01Scotch & Water – MAN IN THE VAULT (1956) Tommy Dancer makes a strong Scotch and Water for the gal he brought to his house.

Pour 2 oz of Scotch whisky, and 5 oz of water into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Serve and Sip.

Your Scotch and Soda, just how you like it. Drink!


That’s Good.


Bourbon Straight – MAN IN THE VAULT (1956) 

When you want a drink straight, it’s no frills, often called “neat” so it is just the spirit as is, solo. Pour one ounce of Bourbon into a cocktail glass, sip, sip, sip.

vault poster

Stealing Money, Drinking Drinks


you drink gibsonGibson  – THE NET (1995)

A Gibson is a martini but with an onion instead of an olive. It’s a good drink to compliment your pizza from after a night of analyzing code

Add 2.5 oz of Gin (or Vodka) and 0.5 oz of Dry vermouth into a mixing glass. Add ice, stir and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or Star Trek glass). Garnish with a whole cocktail onion.