Literature, television and film

Literature, television and film

By
Alfred Tong
Contains
9 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742704104

The golden age of cocktail drinking was the 1940s and 1950s. Happily, this coincided with the golden age of Hollywood. Much of the mystique and glamour of the cocktail comes from this period.

In literature, the story is a little different. Authors prefer to write about wine and beer. Wine lends itself to all kinds of metaphorical flourishes – blood of Christ and all that – while beer is the drink of the working-class hero. All of which is gin and tonic to the worthy novelist. Cocktails tend to be the stuff of comedy and tawdry glamour.

In both contexts, cocktails have played a key role in signifying a character’s personality traits and as a plot device. Copying your cinematic or literary hero by ordering their cocktail is usually best avoided. Nothing will make you look more stupid in a bar than to ask for your martini shaken rather than stirred. But it is rather good fun.

So in that spirit, here are some iconic cocktails from literature, film and television.

Recipes in this Chapter

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