Classic films from the silver screen feature dapper gents and elegant ladies, made all the more so with a cocktail in their hand. With a nearly never-ending stream of sips to taste here in the capital, you’ll have no trouble fitting in as your favourite superstar
Kyiv is a haven for the culturally-minded cocktail-sippers. The only question is, do you want it shaken or stirred?
Whiskey Sour featured
in The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot
If you love whiskey and movies with Marilyn Monroe, this is the cocktail for you. Little white dress – need we say more?
45 ml whiskey
30 ml fresh lemon juice
15 ml sugar syrup
1 cocktail cherry
250 grams ice
Egg white (optional)
Pour the whiskey, syrup, and juice into a shaker and shake away. Pour the drink through a strainer into a glass filled with ice. Serve with a cocktail cherry and a dash of beaten egg white.
Find it at Barman Dictat (Khreschatyk 44)
“Miss Morris, I’m perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had a peanut butter sandwich and two whiskey sours.”
Moloko Plus featured in Clockwork Orange
Strong and crazy: just the thing for adventure, without which, the story of Alex DeLarge would be incomplete. While the original features a few ingredients perhaps not easily sourced in local establishments, let us offer the more legal version.
29 ml absinthe
29 ml anise liqueur
58 ml Irish cream liqueur
1 tsp sugar
145 ml milk
1 cube ice
Mix absinthe, liqueur, and sugar; add ice and milk. Shake. Pour into a chilled glass and get ready.
Find it at Hedonist Bar (Antonovycha 45)
French 75 featured in Casablanca
You’re in the city of Casablanca, Morocco, it’s 1942. World War Two is ravaging Europe, but there is still time for love. Named after the French 75mm artillery gun, it gives the classic champagne a bit of a kick.
20 ml gin or Cognac
15 ml fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
50 ml champagne
Throw all but the champagne in a shaker and pour into a colins glass over ice. Top with champagne.
Find it at Loggerhead (Shevchenko Blvd 1)
Vesper featured in Casino Royal
James Bond said, “Once you have tasted it you won’t drink anything else.” And we completely agree! Now it’s your turn to try.
20 ml vodka
10 ml vermouth
1 ice cube
Mix the ingredients in a shaker, strain, and served in a chilled cocktail glass with lemon rind.
Find it in Paravoz Speak Easy (V Vasylkivska 19)
Zombie featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This drink was very popular in Hollywood throughout the mid-1940s, and revived following its appearance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Audrey Hepburn’s character decides it’s a good time to get drunk. Mixing the strong with the sweet, it’s the perfect tipple for any Holly Golightly.
20 ml black and white rum
15 ml cherry liqueur
15 ml apricot liqueur or brandy
5 ml grenadine
30 ml pineapple and orange juice
Throw everything into a shaker, pour into a glass and decorate with your choice of fruit.
Find it at Avalon (Leontovycha 3)