Vodka on Screen

In case you needed further proof that vodka is THE drink to have in your hand, here are some of vodka’s most iconic on-screen cameos, in the hands of some cinematic legends. And what better place to start…

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A series of Bond actors drinking a Martini, shaken, not stirred.


Vodka Martini: The classic
It’s hard to think of a better-known on-screen cocktail reference than James Bond ordering a vodka martini… “shaken, not stirred”. Although vodka cocktails were growing in popularity beforehand, the arrival of the Bond franchise in cinemas immortalised the Classic Martini. We defy you to order one without subconsciously channeling your inner 007.

Vesper: For a more Modern Spy
With the re-invention of Bond, and a (shock horror) blonde 007, Daniel Craig revived the now hackneyed one-liner in the 2006 blockbuster “Casino Royale”. When he orders a Vesper Martini, he quotes from Ian Fleming’s novel directly: “Three measures of gin*; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet”. But when asked if he’d like the Vodka Martini shaken or stirred, he irritably replies, “Does it look like I give a damn?”. Proving this modern spy wasn’t going to play by the rules.


White Russian: For The Dudes
The Big Lebowski put this velvety cocktail back in the spotlight in the 1998 cult classic Coen brothers film. A combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, and light cream, the White Russian or “Caucasian,” as Jeff Bridge’s “Dude” calls it — appears throughout film and lead to an immediate resurgence in the popularity of the drink. If you haven’t tried one, you’re missing out.
 Here’s a video of all of the White Russians appearances in the hands of ‘the dude’…


Orange Whip: For The Blues
In the 1980s musical-comedy “The Blues Brothers,” Jake Candy’s character orders three of these vodka and rum based cocktails, declaring: “Who wants an Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Three Orange Whips!” A line that is often quoted and lead to a mini revival of the sweet concoction (made with rum, vodka, cream and orange juice). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we recommend you try it next time you’re out.

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The Red Eye: For The Morning After the Night Before
In a list about vodka cocktails on screen, we can’t really miss out on a movie entitled… “Cocktail.” Where a youthful Tom Cruise serves up this now-popular hangover cure- containing vodka, Bloody Mary mix, cold beer, and a cracked raw egg. Not for the faint-hearted, it has become a classic in its own right.


Vodka Gimlet, For Those with Class
The rise of Mad Men happened to coincide with the resurgence of pre-Prohibition cocktail culture, and the show helped revive some forgotten classics like the vodka gimlet, a blend of vodka and lime, which is Betty Draper’s drink of choice when she’s out on the town. This is a classy number, like Betty herself.


The Gibson. For Those Who Know:
The drink appears in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic, North by Northwest, and was Bette Davis’ drink in All About Eve (1950). The Gibson swaps a classic olive or citrus twist in a dry gin Martini for a pickled pearl onion. Whatever takes your fancy…


The Cosmopolitan: For A Girls Night Out
Sex In the City brought this pink cocktail back into fashion. Once a man’s martini, this fruity vodka-based cocktail is now firmly established as one for ladies who lunch in fabulous style. Vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec or cointreau and lemon juice with a twist of orange zest. Wear your highest heels and bring New York to your night out. Here is our methodology and recipe for the perfect Cosmopolitan every time.

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On the Rocks: For The Hardcore
For more hardcore drinkers (and assassins), follow the example of Charlize Theron’s vodka-loving femme-fatale in Atomic Blonde who knocks back vodkas on ice just before she eliminates her enemies.
Just make sure the vodka is really good (or should we say PURE).

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