Watch This, Drink That: The 6 Best Movie Night and Drink Pairings
Who says popcorn gets to have all the movie night fun? We say, pop a big bowl because no film is complete without it, of course. But then shake up your cinema routine by adding a round of drinks.
We're not talking standard sodas — these cocktail, wine, and alcohol-free drink ideas fit the classic movie theme and will make you feel transported to the time and part of the action.
Whether you cue up the flick on your outdoor projector for a backyard movie night or flip on your indoor TV, these pairings are totally award-worthy.
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The Best Cocktails and Wine for 6 Classic Movies
Watch This: The Godfather
Drink That: Chianti
The quintessential mob drama is jam-packed with food references and infused with Italian vibes. From the cannoli to the wine-spiked tomato-sausage sauce to the suspenseful wine-pouring scene, it's tough to watch this 1972 classic (or any of its follow-up films) without a bottle of red. Here's an offer we can't refuse: Pairing the three-hour epic with a nice Italian Chianti.
Watch This: Forrest Gump
Drink That: Chocolate Milkshake
"My mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get,'" Forrest Gump famously says while sitting on a park bench in this sweet 1994 movie. So with that in mind, before you press play, blend up a Chocolate Chocolate Milkshake with a triple-play of cocoa: chocolate ice cream, chocolate shavings, and, of course, a nice array of chocolates from a box.
Watch This: GoldenEye
Drink That: A tie! Vodka Martini or Moscow Mule
Certainly, no James Bond film would be complete without a martini — shaken, not stirred. So gather all the ingredients for this Vodka Martini Cocktail (vodka, dry vermouth, olives, and ice are all you'll need) before the action begins in this 1995 movie. No tux is required when you're watching at home, of course, unless you want to really channel your inner 007!
If martinis aren't your jam, you'll also fit right in serving a Moscow Mule Cocktail with this particular Bond film, since its main chase scene is filmed on the streets of St. Petersburg (Russia's second largest city after Moscow).
Watch This: Rocky
Drink That: Protein Smoothie
What? You expected us to suggest a cup full of raw eggs? We're not that hard core. Instead, pair this 1976 supreme sports movie with a muscle-building smoothie so you'll be stoked to run up a huge flight of stairs and hit the ring a la Rocky after the final credits roll. Try this nutty Power 9 Protein Smoothie or this mint-and-spinach Green Protein Smoothie.
Watch This: Bridesmaids
Drink That: Sparkling Wine
In honor of the epic best friend speech delivered by Annie (Kristin Wiig) in which she holds a glass of bubbly, pop your own bottle of sparkling wine and enjoy this hilarious 2011 buddy comedy. A round of toasts after the movie ends is optional but highly recommended. For a small-scale viewing party, order a 375-milliliter half-bottle. Both can be delivered to your door.
Watch This: Casablanca
Drink That: French 75
Speaking of Champagne, it rose to a new level of fame after this 1942 movie. That's because Yvonne's new boyfriend orders a French 75 — a classic cocktail made with Champagne, gin, lemon, and simple syrup — at Rick's Cafe, the gin joint that is the setting for a fair portion of the love story. It takes just three minutes to stir together your own glass of our go-to French 75 recipe so you won't miss too many scenes as you fill your cup.