This week we have a special Recasting Couch After Dark episode, where we recast Cocktail and drink some cocktails. Cocktail is the Tom Cruise vehicle that ignited the flair bartending trend in the late 80’s/early 90’s. While artisanal cocktails and fancy bartending is coming back into popularity, the 80’s version was much more about style over substance. However, we figured it would be fun to go back in time and drink some of the goofy (sometimes made up) cocktails that they mention throughout the movie and that I’m convinced haven’t actually been ordered in a bar in over a decade.
We start with a Turquoise Blue, a tropical drink that’s mostly rum and pineapple juice, but has absolutely no punch to it. It’s exactly what you would expect to find in a Jamaican resort, much like the one in the second half of this movie. The second drink we tried was a Velvet Hammer, a drink consisting of just Kahlua, Cointreau and cream. The flavor profile was nice, as we both comment that it tastes like an orange Milano cookie. Although this was another drink lacking any sort of punch. Once we added some vodka, it was much more enjoyable. Next was the Dirty Mother. It’s just a shot of brandy with some Kahlua in it. We do not recommend it. Either drink Kahlua or brandy. Mixing them ruins both. Finally we end the menu with a few good ole’ Kamakaze’s .
There’s really not a whole lot going on in this movie. It’s carried completely by Cruise and his charisma. Bryan Brown plays the lovable loser perfectly fine, and Elisabeth Shue is about as lovable as she’s ever been. These coupled with a really good soundtrack turn this trainwreck of a script into a very watchable movie.
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