Some things are just better in black and white.

Hollywood sign

Peanut butter & jelly. Cookies & milk. Salt & pepper. Alcohol and… movies? YESSS.
But not just any alcohol. And not just any movies. Welcome to CineMixers.

Cocktails challenge and delight me simultaneously. I’ve had some pretty bad cocktails, and also some pretty damn good ones. They’re such a delicate balance and when you get it right, it’s… amazing. Speakeasy-style bars and master mixologists are becoming more and more common, and are doing a great job of re-introducing folks to classic cocktails. But the fun isn’t limited to the professionals – with a well-stocked home bar, you can have a blast experimenting with different spirits and flavors.

And classic movies just make me so happy. I love the rapid-fire witty banter, the fashionable clothing, the dancing, the singing, the drama, the suspense, the fast-paced romances that seem so silly nowadays (really? you’re madly in love and engaged to be married? but you just met!) Even the graininess of the picture and the odd blips across the screen don’t bother me when I’m staring at Audrey Hepburn in a big floppy hat, or at Bogie & Bacall gazing into each others eyes. Some things are just better in black and white.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

So I thought, why not combine the two? Classic movie night paired with a classic cocktail (or three)! And thus was born CineMixers. I rarely toot my own horn, but I just love the duality of the name! Alcoholic mixers will be involved of course, but this concept also lends itself perfectly to social gatherings for interpersonal mixing and mingling as well! I hope this blog inspires you to invite some friends over for a CineMixers night of your own.

I’m thinking of one “classic” cocktail for each movie, along with one of my own creation. Whether or not these creations turn out well is a whole different story. But experiments and taste tests are half the fun!

As for the movies, my original goal was to get through the AFI Top 100 list. I’ve seen many of the titles on the list, but not all of them, and what better place to start? But I don’t have the patience (or the Netflix DVD subscription) to do them in order, so I plan to jump around a bit. Plus there’s always room for additional movies (what defines a classic anyway?) that didn’t make the list, starting with an old favorite, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

James Dean