Sometimes the movies show us how to make a cocktail, like the '80s romantic drama "Cocktail," in which Tom Cruise shows off his mad bartending skills. Or there's the 1934 movie "The Thin Man," in which William Powell explains the science of shaking.
"My favorite line, which Nick delivers to a crew of white-vested bartenders," says Duecy, "is 'The important thing is to always have rhythm in your shaking. A Manhattan you shake to foxtrot time. A Bronx to two-step time. A dry martini you always shake to waltz time.'"
The cult classic "The Big Lebowski," released in 1998, has amassed loyal fans, many of whom have adopted the White Russian — vodka, coffee liqueur and cream or milk — favored by the film's protagonist, played by Jeff Bridges.
Of course, one of the most famous cocktails in movie history is the vodka martini that appeared in the first James Bond movie, 1962's "Dr. No." ''Americans didn't drink vodka back then," says Charming. "All of a sudden, sales soared."
Years later, when Pierce Brosnan's version of Bond ordered a mojito in the 2002 movie "Die Another Day," Charming found that "people were walking into bars saying, 'Can I get a mojito?' And none of the bars had mint," she adds with a laugh.
And pink Champagne cocktails are the drink of choice in 1957's "An Affair to Remember." Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr quaff them during their shipboard romance, with the pink, or rose, Champagne symbolizing a carefree attitude.
Looking to try some silver screen sips? Here's a recipe for Blood and Sand.
BLOOD AND SAND
In the 1922 silent classic "Blood and Sand," Rudolph Valentino stars as a bullfighter torn between his childhood love and a seductive widow. In this cocktail, scotch is the "sand," while cherry brandy and vermouth are the "blood."
1 ounce blended Scotch whisky
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce Cherry Heering (cherry liqueur)
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Amarena cherry, to garnish
Fill a coupe glass with ice to chill. In an ice-filled shaker, combine all ingredients except the cherry, then shake for about 15 seconds. Empty the ice from the glass and strain the cocktail into it. Garnish with the cherry.
(Recipe adapted from Erica Duecy's "Storied Sips.")