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Drink Like A Fictional Character

Drink Like A Fictional Character

Goodness gracious, people from movies and TV love alcohol. I’m one of those nerds who scrutinizes any scene with drinking to figure out what specifically characters ordered (my friends got angry when we went to see “Friends With Benefits” because I was the guy saying “Oh, they’re drinking Shiner Bock. I like that beer!”). But you don’t always have to study beer labels or examine a cocktail glass to deduce what characters are drinking; sometimes they order stuff so often, their drink becomes a character trait. Here’s a look at what some of our favorite on-screen heroes drink over and over and over again. Hit up the comments section to let us know what drinks of choice we missed.


The Dude

The Dude

White Russian (a.k.a. Caucasian) | Recipe

The Dude drinks nine White Russians (vodka, Kahlua, and cream) throughout “The Big Lebowski.” They also use the F-word 260 times in that movie, so making a drinking game out of White Russians is probably safer.

James Bond

James Bond

Vodka Martini (a.k.a. Vesper Martini) | Recipe

Has anyone ever ordered a martini “shaken, not stirred” WITHOUT doing so in a Sean Connery impression?

J.D. (Scrubs)

J.D. (from “Scrubs”)

Apple Martini (a.k.a Appletini) | Recipe

A little bit less manly than Bond’s martini. But it became a running gag, and Zach Braff has admitted in interviews to enjoying appletinis for real.

Ron Burgundy

Ron Burgundy


“I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. Here it goes down. Down into my belly.”

Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter


In one of the most horrifying scenes in “Silence of the Lambs,” Dr. Lecter describes eating someone’s liver along with a glass of chianti wine. Nevermind that he mispronounces it – that slurping sound is chilling.

Rick Blaine

Rick Blaine

French 75

It’s actually German soldiers who order this gin drink in “Casablanca,” but Rick’s gin joint probably made a lot of them. 

Don Draper

Don Draper

Old Fashioned | Recipe

Everyone on “Mad Men” drinks all the time. But this is Don Draper’s drink of choice. And there’s nothing better than the scene where he teaches his young daughter Sally to mix it for him – “now muddle it.”

Tim Riggins

Tim Riggins

Lone Star

I honestly thought Lone Star was a made-up beer for “Friday Night Lights,” but it’s real. And everyone in Dillon, Texas, drinks it – including high school freshman who look like they’re thirty. Texas forever.

The Gang

The “Always Sunny” Gang

Coors Light

It’s a very obvious product placement that Paddy’s Pub serves Coors Light all the time. And while it may not be the classiest beer ever, these characters aren’t the most classy individuals.

Liz Lemon

Liz Lemon

Pinot Grigio

Liz orders white wine a few different times on “30 Rock.” It seems to fit her personality, and I’m grateful for any show where women in New York order anything other than cosmos. Screw you, “Sex & The City.”

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  1. Adam

    Clint Eastwood: Walt Kowalski – Gran Torino

    That guy drank a shit ton of PBR

  2. Jason

    Mikey (Jon Favreau) from Swingers. Scotch – “Glenlivet, Glenfitich, any Glen will do. As long as it is not a blend, of course.”

  3. Katie

    Lucille Bluth: Vodka. Lots of vodka. Any kind will do, just drink it fast… it goes bad once it’s opened.

    • Drew Troller

      “…And a piece of toast.”

  4. Jim S.

    Hannibal Lector’s mentioning Chianti (along with liver and fava beans) was a subtle message to Agent Starling that he wasn’t taking his meds at the time… all three items interfere with anti-pychotic meds.

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