Shaken, not stirred? The best Hollywood cocktails
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Movies and television have inspired cultural trends for decades, from fashion to language and music. With the Great Gatsby premiering on Friday, Cheapflights.co.uk has dived into the cocktail scene and taken a look at what cocktails that have been made famous by Hollywood, and where you can go get them. French 75 – Casablanca Paris A torrid love affair, a fearful time in history, a few tortured souls and a swanky nightclub are just some of what make Casablanca a motion picture masterpiece. Recreate your own Hollywood classic with the French 75; an effervescent mix of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar. Said to have been first conceived at the New York Bar in Paris in 1915, the French 75 has inspired many contemporary derivatives since its inception. For those looking for the original, head to the City of Light where the New York Bar still stands (now called Harry’s New York Bar) or find the French 75 at other historic treasures like The Hemingway Bar. Vodka Martini – James Bond Movies London Many martini purists will tell you a true martini is made with gin and not vodka, but those three words - shaken, not stirred - have transformed modern-day martini culture. A proper vodka martini, made up of vodka and dry vermouth, isn’t difficult to recreate depending on your preference of the vodka to vermouth ratio, but if you find yourself in London, quench your martini thirst at the world-famous ICEBAR. The ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL London has a chilly twist on the vodka martini, and it is also home to a unique, glacial-inspired setting made up entirely of ice. As London’s only year-round ice bar, you’ll be able to enjoy your vodka martini at a frosty 23 degrees Fahrenheit, no matter what the temperature is outside. Red Eye – Cocktail Tokyo The haughty bartending skills of New York business student Brian Flanagan were centre stage in 1988’s Cocktail, where Tom Cruise made mixology look sexy, cool and a little reckless. But with many great cocktails comes the danger of a great hangover, and the movie’s signature cocktail Red Eye, was the cure for just that. A stomach-churning mix of beer, tomato juice and egg, it might be difficult to find this beverage today (and probably for good reason). But if you’re determined to find a perfect beer and tomato juice combination, we suggest trying your luck in Tokyo where many bars have taken the “beer-cocktail” to a whole new level, like the Yankee Stadium beverage at Park Hyatt Tokyo. Old Fashioned – Mad Men Louisville
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