6 Hollywood-Inspired Cocktails For Your Weekend Party
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Lights, camera...cocktail! Since the dawn of cinema, Hollywood has captivated audiences worldwide with its glitz, glamour, and larger-than-life stories. Who can forget Humphrey Bogart cooly stirring his martini in Casablanca, or Carrie, Samantha, and the girls sipping cosmopolitans on Sex and the City? The magic of movies and TV shows goes beyond entertainment - they influence how we live, shaping trends in fashion, music, and yes, cocktails.  

Over the decades, many iconic screen moments featuring delicious drinks have embedded themselves in pop culture. Now, you can bring a taste of Hollywood home by mixing up some of these classic cinematic cocktails. Feel like a starlet from the Golden Age with a Sidecar, a tart and elegant blend of cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Channel Bond, James Bond with a smooth Vesper martini.  

Take a trip to the tropics with a mojito, just like the girls did on I Love Lucy. Or sip a creamy White Russian like The Dude while you lounge in your bathrobe. Whether you prefer classic cocktails, sweet and fruity drinks, or something strong to get the night going, Hollywood has a perfect cocktail to match your mood.  

So go on, live in the Hollywood fantasy with these 6 Hollywood inspired cocktails 

Moët Golden Glamour Cocktail 

Escape to a tropical paradise with this bubbly, fruity cocktail. The velvety vanilla liqueur lays a luscious foundation while the bright, tart passion fruit juice adds a burst of summer. Topped with effervescent sparkling wine, each sip is reminiscent of warm breezes and sun-soaked days. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint to complete the island vibe. This transportive tropical tipple can be mixed in moments, but will whisk your taste buds away in an instant. So, gather your ingredients, shake up this passion fruit sparkler, and let it take you on a mini vacation, no plane ticket required. 

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The Trophy Margarita 

The smooth reposado tequila provides a mellow base while the bright, citrusy lime juice adds a tangy zest. But the real star is the homemade lavender syrup, made by steeping dried lavender buds in a simple syrup mixture. The result is a subtly floral sweetness that complements the herbal notes of the tequila. To make this cocktail, you'll need 44 ml reposado tequila, 22 ml fresh lime juice, 22 ml lavender syrup, and some candied lavender buds for garnish. Add the tequila, lime juice, and lavender syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a few of the candied lavender buds - both a decorative touch and a sweet, floral burst of flavour with each sip. Savour this soothing elixir as the floral and herbal flavours mingle on your palate. Each refreshing sip is like an escape to a relaxing lavender field. 

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Danny Ocean Cocktail 

Get ready for a refreshing cocktail that will transport your tastebuds to a Mexican beachside paradise. We'll be crafting the perfect pink grapefruit margarita, bursting with bright citrus flavours and just a hint of sweetness. First, gather these simple ingredients: 45 ml reposado tequila for its smooth, mellow flavour; 7 ml maraschino liqueur to add a touch of cherry; 22 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice; 22 ml freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice - choose ruby red grapefruit for the prettiest colour; and 15 ml agave nectar to balance the tartness. Now, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in all the ingredients. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until thoroughly chilled. The ice will help dilute and meld the flavours. Finally, strain your margarita into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Sip and savour this refreshing elixir! The tart grapefruit and lemon mingle beautifully with the sweet agave nectar. Salud - to your health and happiness! 

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Bohemian Spritz 

Turn an ordinary evening into something extraordinary with this delightfully refreshing cocktail that evokes the essence of a spring’s day. Begin by gathering 30 ml of floral Lillet rosé, 15 ml of sweet elderflower St. Germain, and 30 ml of tart pink grapefruit juice. Add these to a tall glass filled with ice, along with 90 ml of crisp grapefruit soda for a touch of effervescence. Finish with a dash of orange bitters to add depth and complexity. Gently stir to combine. Garnish your glass with a twisted peel of pink grapefruit, releasing its heady citrus fragrance. As you sip this blush-hued elixir, let your mind wander to memories of languid afternoons spent relaxing under the sun. With each taste, you'll be transported - if only for a moment - to golden fields and blue skies. So go on, treat yourself. You deserve a mini vacation, if only one glass at a time. 

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The Queen's Favourite 

Transform a simple sparkling cocktail into an elegant French affair with this lovely Lillet Spritz. Just a few ingredients are all it takes to craft this charming drink. Combine chilled Lillet rosé, an elegant cremant or other sparkling wine, and bright, refreshing lemon juice in a vintage coupe glass. Top it off with a splash of bubbly soda water and garnish with fresh raspberries, mint, and a dusting of powdered sugar for a sweet kiss of indulgence. Sip and savour the interplay of fruit, floral, and fizzy flavours. With its pale pink hue and feminine flair, this drink evokes the essence of Parisian cafes and springtime romance.

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Oscars Night 

Let your tastebuds travel to a faraway land of flavour with this easy yet elegant cocktail that comes together in just a few shakes. Gather 'round the bar and start your journey by pouring 60 ml of smooth, rich Cognac into your shaker - this golden-hued spirit imparts a sophisticated base. Next add a splash of sweet, citrusy orange liquor, a tart squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and a spoonful of simple syrup to balance the sour. Now fill the shaker to the brim with ice, put the lid on tight, and shake, shake, shake until thoroughly chilled. Finally, double strain your concoction into a chilled coupe glass. Take a sip and let the bold, harmonious flavours transport you, the rich cognac and bright citrus blending beautifully with just a kiss of sweetness. This cocktail may be simple to make, but it's sure to delight even the most discerning taste buds. So go on, grab your shaker and treat yourself to a mini vacation, no plane ticket required.