8 Best Fall Movies and Cocktail Pairings | Pages Da

What’s better than having a well-stirred cocktail after a long day? For my money, it’s having a cocktail that goes perfectly with the movie you’re about to see. S0 this Thanksgiving, I thought I’d treat you to some cocktail movie pairings to get yourself in a cozy fall mood. Once you’ve been freed from your family commitments, it’s time to escape the slumber of reality. Join me on a guided, cracking journey to a cinematic world where the leaves are always perfectly orange and red, the scent of cinnamon and pumpkin spice is in the air, and there’s a spooky mystery (or hot romance!) around every corner.

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When Harry met Sally + Apple cider Mimosa

      Nothing brings to mind the image of autumn faster than this Nora Ephron story about a boy and a girl who will-they-or-won’t they through more than a decade of friendship. Even the movie poster is bursting with beautiful orange and maroon leaves. Plus, who can forget Billy Crystal’s incredible array of cable knit sweaters that look so damn cozy you just want to rip them right off him through the screen?

      Pair this sweet and sour fairy tale with an apple cider mojito. You’ll feel like your taste buds are taking a walk through Central Park with the drink’s crisp notes of apple cider—and a sweet and spicy dash of cinnamon whiskey to warm your heart.

      apple cider mimosa


      Apple Cider Mimosa


      • 4 oz. broken champagne

      • 2 oz. all natural apple cider

      • 1 oz. cinnamon whiskey

      • 1 slice of apple, for garnish


      1. Mix cider and cinnamon whiskey in a champagne flute.

      2. Top with champagne, then gently stir until mixed.

      3. Garnish with an apple slice.



        Dusk + Dark and stormy

        A classic tale of star-crossed lovers retold to include sexy, glitter-skinned vampires and the cutest werewolves you’ve ever seen? Say what you want, but it’s no wonder that Dusk comics became a cultural phenomenon. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a constant state of late fall fog and gray cloudy days? Well, just step into the world of Dusk-and bask in the gloomy autumn atmosphere that apparently allows vampires to attend high school. A Dark and Stormy is the perfect drink to sweep you into a world of fantasy. It’s one that’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and has a touch of bitterness, just like an angsty vampire boyfriend.

        dark and stormy


        Dark and stormy


        • 2 oz. dark room

        • 3 oz. ginger beer

        • 1/2 oz. lime juice (optional)


        Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add rum, then pour in ginger beer and lime juice. Stir with a bar spoon and garnish with a lime wedgee.

        you've got Mail


        You’ve got Mail + Air mail

        Fall is the perfect season to fall in love. It’s getting a little colder and the days are getting shorter. You want a warm body to snuggle up with during long nights. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks show off their undeniable chemistry in You’ve got Mail, a classic tale of the enemy turned lover. Enjoy this light-hearted tale, still just saccharine enough to bring out the unlikely romance at its center. Let the flirty banter go straight to your head, just like the champagne in this delicious Air Mail. The drink is mixed with honey and lime to add a bit of sugary tartness – just like the start of a new relationship.



        Air mail


        • 2 oz. golden rum

        • 1/2 oz. lime juice

        • 1 tsp. honey

        • 5 oz. Broken champagne


        Stir rum, lime juice and honey thoroughly with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Pour unstained into a Collins glass. Top with champagne.



        Halloween + Bloody sunrise

          Although we have reached Turkey Day, fall is synonymous with a spooky season. Skeletons, menacing jack-o-lanterns and wild, sugar-fueled children rampage through the streets. And maybe Michael Myers too? The original boogeyman, who has haunted us through 13 films of this franchise, always rises to cast his long menacing shadow over every Halloween season. After 44 years of terror, Michael Myers doesn’t seem to be getting any less terrifying. To get through this slasher, you might want to stick to a bloody sunrise. The tequila in this concoction will invigorate you—and the orange juice and grenadine will make you feel like there’s a ray of hope at the end of the long, scary night.

          bloody sunrise


          Bloody sunrise


          • 1 1/2 oz. tequila reposado (like Cazadores)

          • 3 oz. orange juice

          • 1/2 oz. grenadine


          1. In a Collins glass, combine all ingredients with an ice top and grenadine. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.



          The Exorcist + Monster Mash

          If you’d rather your fall movies give you the creeps, watch the ultimate brutal horror film, The Exorcist. You’ll definitely need some liquid courage to get through this brutal film about a young girl’s demonic possession. She curses, screams, levitates, crab walks and pours out neon colored ooze. Arm yourself with this Monster Mash, mixed with enough vodka to keep you relaxed, and a dash of jalapeño and lime to keep your senses alert.



          Monster Mash


          • 2 3/4 oz. vodka (like Absolut Elyx)

          • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

          • 3/4 oz. simple syrup

          • 2 slices jalapeño

          • 4 basil leaves


          1. Mix jalapeños and basil leaves in a mixing glass.

          2. Add vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

          3. Garnish with a jalapeño slice.



          Night of the Living Dead + Zombie

          The very first of George Romero’s iconic forays into the world of the walking undead, night of the living dead, takes hold of your greatest fears and does not let go. This movie will make you thankful to be curled up in your home, where there aren’t relentless, brain-starved zombies trying to get in through the windows. A nice, refreshing zombie can ease those fears. This rum potion, which also conveniently doubles as a fiery torch against the undead, will keep you safe.





          • 1/2 oz. white rum

          • 1 1/2 oz. golden rum

          • 1 oz. dark room

          • 1/2 oz. 151-proof rum

          • 1 oz. lime juice

          • 1 tsp. pineapple juice

          • 1 tsp. papaya juice

          • 1 tsp. super fine sugar


          1. Stir all ingredients except 151 and pour into a 14-ounce glass three-quarters full of cracked ice.

          2. Float the 151 as a lid by pouring it into a spoon and gently dipping it below the surface of the drink. Take a match to this mixture; it will burn.

          3. Garnish with mint (either straight or dipped in lime juice and then superfine sugar) and/or fruit.



          Knives Out + Irish Coffee

            Barren trees and a stiff chilly breeze are the perfect setting for solving a murder mystery. Well, at least it’s in knives out, where all our main characters (or, um, murder suspects) are decked out in their finest blazers and chunky wool sweaters. Gather around the fireplace and put on your thinking cap to see if you can solve this whodunit. Have a nice hot cup of Irish Coffee to keep you on your toes.



            Irish coffee


            • 2 oz. Irish whiskey

            • 5 oz. hot coffee

            • 2 tsp. sugar

            • heavy cream


            Pour the whisky, coffee and sugar into a heated glass mug. Stir and then top with a thick layer of lightly whipped cream.

            donnie darko


            donnie darko + Flaming Dr Pepper

            Visions of apocalyptic doom, frustrated high school crushes, and parents who just don’t understand you? Well, those problems are just the tip of the iceberg for teenage Donnie Darko. In this sci-fi psychological thriller, Darko learns that the world is supposed to end on Halloween in a fiery explosion. For some die-hard fans of the holiday, that probably rings true. You’re only young once, so why not go out in a blaze of glory? Drop this blazing hot shot of rum into a pint of beer and chew as fast as humanly (or inhumanly?) possible.



            Flaming Dr Pepper


            • 3/4 oz. amaretto

            • 1/4 oz. Gypsy

            • beer


            1. Half fill a pint glass with beer.

            2. Add the amaretto to a shot glass and then slowly pour the rum on top of it. Set it on fire.

            3. Drop the flaming shot into the beer and then drink quickly.

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