Wardobe and Cocktail Inspo

In usual times we’d be meeting in person looking fabulous and sipping cocktails, but there’s nothing stopping us getting into the spirit at home. To that end, here are some ideas of what to drink and wear during our watch-along screenings. Please tag your cocktails and outfits with #CaryStaysHome and post to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and we’ll feature the best entries and there will be prizes for the best-dressed.

What to wear?

The costumes in An Affair to Remember were designed by Charles Le Maire, and nominated for Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards.

Cary Grant Cocktail recipe ideas

To get you in the mood for the weekend our friend, film critic Pamela Hutchinson, has done a lovely demonstration of how to mix a Gibson. Pam will be introducing our watch-along of An Affair to Remember on Saturday 21 November at 8pm GMT.

Pamela Hutchinson mixes a Gibson, as featured in North by Northwest
Pink Champagne Cocktail
Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay share a love of pink champagne in An Affair to Remember!Ingredients:
1 sugar cube 3 dashes Angostura bitters 1 ounce brandy 5 ounces chilled Champagne or rose Champagne

Place the sugar cube in a Champagne flute, then sprinkle the bitters onto it. Add the brandy and Champagne, then top with an orange twist.
The Gibson
Roger O. Thornhill drinks in the famous scene on the train in North by Northwest
2.0 oz. Gin (or Vodka)
0.5 oz. Dry Vermouth

Fill a mixing glass with ice and add gin and dry vermouth. Stir and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pearl onion. If you want a drier drink use less vermouth in proportion to the gin.

Arsenic and Old Lace 

(named after the 1944 film of the same name, mentioned in Trader Vic, Bartender’s Guide, 1947)

1 1/2oz Gin
1/2oz Pastis (I used Jade Nouvelle-Orleans Absinthe and a dash of sugar)
1/2oz Creme de Violette
1/4oz Dry Vermouth

Directions: Stir with ice and strain.

Highball – “The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer”


2 measures Scotch or Canadian whisky or bourbon whiskey
Ginger Ale or Soda Water
Lemon & Lime slices to garnish

Pour the whisky over ice cubes in a glass. Fill with ginger ale or soda water and stir gently. Garnish with lemon and lime slices if liked.

Cary Grant

This drink is named after Cary Grant because it was allegedly his cocktail of choice. 

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1 shot of Vodka
1 shot of Tia Maria
Juice of 1 Lime
Ice cubes

Mix in an old fashioned tumbler.

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Celebrating Bristol’s status as a UNESCO City of Film, in recognition of the city’s vibrant screen heritage, of which Cary Grant is one of our brightest stars.