Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cocktail Hour // Wonder Boys + Marilyn Monroe Cocktail

Wonder Boys is another one of those movies that I like to watch during the winter time; obviously because it takes place during the winter. If you haven't seen it, here's a brief synopsis courtesy of wikipedia:

The film was based on the novel of the same title by Michael ChabonMichael Douglas stars as professor Grady Tripp, a novelist who teaches creative writing at an unnamed Pittsburgh university. He has been unable to finish his second novel, his young wife has left him, and he is having an affair with the Chancellor of the university (Frances McDormand), who is the wife of the chairman of his department. Grady's editor (Robert Downey, Jr.) is in town to see his new book and becomes interested in a book that one of Grady's students (Tobey Maguire) has just completed.

A big part of the story includes a stolen jacket that Marilyn Monroe wore to her wedding to Joe Di Maggio. Tobey Maguire's character, James is obsessed with old Hollywood, particularly suicides. When Grady shows him the jacket he becomes emotional, thinking about how lonely Marilyn must have felt and steals the jacket. Through a series of events it ends up on the [small] shoulders of Oola (played by Jane Adams).

It's a sweet film that could have easily stumbled into pretentious land since it is filled with people in the literary and educational world or a screwball mess that could use a transvestite or dead dogs in trunks for cheap laughs, but it holds back and uses these to get to know our characters [we immediately understand Crabtree's (Downey) fluid sexuality] and to set the story in motion. Sure, these uncommon things might not happen to just anyone over a wintery weekend, but this movie makes it believable. 

I figured it'd be a fun idea to pair a Marilyn Monroe inspired cocktail with this film and lo and behold, someone over at Fine Dining Lovers thought of one. The champagne and slight pink hue definitely not only channel Marilyn, but the film as well. Though it tackles extramarital affairs, suicide and sexuality, there's a lightness to the film, both the drink and the film don't take themselves so seriously. Maybe I've had a few too many Marilyn's cause that sounds a bit too philosophical for cocktails and movies. So here it is!

I prefer a dryer champagne/sparkling wine so I went with a brut the first time, but mixed with the apple brandy (at least that's what the liquor store told me it was. I've never bought apple brandy and the label wasn't in English. I could have googled, but it was delicious, so I wasn't complaining) it was so dry it was almost bitter. I decided to go a bit sweet during the second round of testing so I went with a brut Prosecco, it was a good in between.
apple brandy // +sparkling wine // +grenadine // +maraschino cherries

Went with a little snack plate of cashews, figs, bread, camembert and some apricot jam


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