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I had already been working on an article about pairing liquor with movies. But not like what the gentlemen above are doing. More basic than that, I thought of what drinks I crave after watching certain movies. I’m sure this has happened to you. Your watching a film with luscious landscapes and then all you want to do is sing on Frau Maria’s hill with a pint of ale…right?
This is a my all time favorite liquor-fueled film that always puts me in a drinking mood, The Thin Man ( quote courtesy of Rory A) where Nora is late meeting her husband Nick in a bar:
Nora Charles: How many drinks have you had?
Nick Charles: This will make six Martinis.
Nora Charles: [to the waiter] All right. Will you bring me five more Martinis, Leo? Line them right up here.
So here are a couple of my cravings:
After seeing: __________________ I have to have: _______________
Any James Bond Film: Martini, duh.
Julie & Julia: Haven’t seen it yet but guessing French wine!
French Kiss, La vie en Rose: French wine.
Under the Tuscan Sun, Godfather: Chianti, even in the basket.
Ironman, LA Confidential, Juno, Bucket List: Scotch. Neat so it’s strong.
Star Trek: Anything with Blue Curacao (color is futuristic)
Raiders of the Lost Arc, Tombstone: Tequila shots. Gold. Pirates of the Caribbean: Rum and diet Coke to look good for Johnny Depp.
Secret Life of Bees: Gewurztraminer, Muscat, late harvest anything dripping with sweetness and honey.
Rashomon, Seven Samurai: Sake or cocktails made with Sake. Must sit on a mat.
Gods Must be Crazy: Coke. In the bottle.
Amadeus, Silence of the Lambs, Across the Universe, Kite Runner: Lots of everything.
Sweeney Todd, Into the Wild, Wall-E: Water. Think about it.
I’ve also heard of wine and book pairings due to the popularity of book clubs. Here’s my solution:
During reading:_____________ I have to have:____________
Middlesex, Kite Runner, The Human Stain, A Fine Balance, Of Mice and Men, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are: hard liquor.
Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Lermontov: Wodka!
Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood: Red wine in a small crystal cut glass. Repeat.
Tracy Chevalier: French wine.
Dave Eggers, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Bill Watterson: Everything!
Of course, I read a lot of wine books that make me crave….you guessed it…wine.