Cocktail the film or Mocktail the film?

200px-cocktail_1988Cocktail, the film turns 21 this year and is old enough to drink (finally) but wait! Disney says no. What am I talking about? Well…Cocktail was one of the films I chose for this years annual Cocktail Film Fest in New Orleans (Click on the “Miss Charming™ Events tab to learn more). Cocktail is a Touchstone film. While obtaining the rights to show the film, Disney (owns Touchstone) told  Tales of the Cocktail that cocktails/alcohol could not be served before, during, or after the film is shown. What!?

To date, the film Cocktail mentions more cocktails than any film that I am privy to. It must hold the record! Only 3 are mentioned and made and they are a Red Eye (beer, tomato juice, spices, and a raw egg), Turquoise Blue (a made up blue drink split strained into a Martini glass that appears to be made with Bacardi light rum, blue Curacao and either pinapple juice or sour mix), and a Daiquiri (he makes it frozen and pours it into a Hurricane glass). Other drinks only mentioned are Velvet Hammer, Vodka and Rose’s, Gilbey’s and Tonic, Absolut Rocks, Orgasm, Cuba Libre, White wine, Orgasm, Angel Tit, Dirty Mother, Bloody Mary, Martini, Briar Tuck, Screwdriver, Pink Squirrel, Kamikaze, Sex on the Beach, Velvet Hammer, Iced Tea, Alabama Slammer, Death Spasm, Singapore Sling, Ding-a-Ling, and Molson beer.

silvercocktailOther Alcohol Seen and/or Mentioned

King Louis XIII is part of a bet and drank between Tom and Bryan. Jim Beam is what is in Tom’s hand when he recites the Last Barmans poem. Bryan pours him and Tom Remy Martin Cognac. Tom and Bryan drink Miller High Life Beer.

Last Barman Poet

I am the last barman poet
I see America drinking the fabulous cocktails I make
Americans getting stinky on something I stir or shake
The Sex on the Beach, the schnapps made from peach,
The Velvet Hammer, the Alabama Slammer.
I make things with juice and froth
The Pink Squirrel, The 3-toed sloth.I make drinks so sweat and snazzy
The Iced Tea, the Kamakazi, the Orgasm, the Death Spasm,
The Singapore Sling, the Dingaling.
America you’ve just been devoted to every flavor I got. But if you want to got loaded Why don’t you just order a shot? Bar is open.

Does anyone have any ideas how to get around Disney’s ridiculous policy? I was thinking of a BYOB, but I don’t know the hotels cork policy. What do you think?

Here’s the Last Barman Poet from YouTube.



Filed under Cocktails in Film & Other Media, Recipes

6 responses to “Cocktail the film or Mocktail the film?

  1. I suppose the solution here is to identify what “Disney” is thinking of when they say you can’t serve drinks before, during, or after, the film… and how far you can stretch things to satisfy “them” while at the same time satisfying your audience.

    One way to do this would be to hold “Two” events “almost” at the sametime.

    First, separate from the movie, and in a different room, you would hold a “Cocktails of the 80’s” panel, where you would serve some drinks from the time, refering perhaps to the movie “Cocktail” as the inspiration for choosing the particular cocktails you were serving.

    This panel would end, and the audience would be free to leave… and perhaps go next door where the movie “Cocktail” was being shown… and hotel regulations would allow them to take drinks in if they wished.


  2. I think Robert is on to something here, and hopefully the law team at Disney doesn’t read your blog. But if the bar with seperate focus was set up in one room, the movie shown in another, and guests are free to roam…. you have fulfilled your copyright restriction. You are not serving drinks, before, during or after the movie. There happens to be a bar next door, and Tales go’ers wander in.

    If that seems too risky, surely there is SOMEONE you know at Disney that could help you get around this.

    Good Luck!

  3. By the way. That bottle of Jim Beam you mentioned Tom Cruise holds during the Last BArman Poet poem is behind Cruise in almost every scene with him that he is behind the wood.


  4. Yep,
    Chris has it…Bar next door & 3 or 4 Intermissions during movie for Bathroom & Cigs…Oh look a Bar I think I’ll have a quick Beam & Coke…Oh movie starting again…Can I get that to go?…
    Not serving in movie!

  5. If Disney lawyers show up at Tales to enforce their idiotic demand, then Cheryl, you’ll know you have arrived!

  6. Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I stumpled upon a link on Furl telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

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