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The French Dispatch #MoviesandMunchies

 February's selection for Movies and Munchies was The French Dispatch.  I'm not one for artsy films much, although from time to time one will catch me just right, such as Bird on a Wire.  Other than that, I just don't get the hype.  So for me, this movie was just so so, but hey, we have to stretch ourselves and try new things!

A movie synopsis:  Faced with the impending dissolution of The French Dispatch, a weekly magazine similar to the New Yorker, old-school editor-in-chief Authur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray) assembles the creme de la creme of the magazine's loyal expatriate journalists for one final issue.  Against the backdrop of picturesque Ennui-sur-Blase, Paris, France, three main articles unfold, pivoting around tormented genius artists, statuesque prison officers, flamboyant critics, moody idealists, conflicted ace reporters, legendary chefs, and of course, the police. (paraphrased from Nick Rganas.)

The movie genres are comedy, romance, and drama.  The movie is rated R for nudity and mature scenes.

So, I focused in on the food scenes for the film for which there weren't many.  There was a scene where a famous chef was cooking for the Chief of Police where the son of the Chief is kidnapped, so we don't see much of the food.  The last scene of this section shows the prisoner getting his long overdue dinner.

The very first scene of the movie shows a bartender creating drinks in a very syncopated manner, one which is a beautiful purple color, which is what I choose to share with you today.  I've named it The French Dispatch Cocktail since the inspiration came from the movie and the original French 75 cocktail.

A French 75 has gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne in it.  My cocktail uses Empress Gin (for the purple color) lemon juice, cane syrup, and prosecco.  You can use any dry sparkling wine for this but stick with the Empress Gin.

The French Dispatch Cocktail

1 oz Empress Gin

1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz cane syrup or simple syrup

3 oz Prosecco

Add the gin, lemon juice, and cane syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.  Strain into a champagne flute.

Top with Prosecco and garnish with a lemon twist.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Ohh I like the idea of movies and munchies, the cocktail sounds perfect for some friends as well so I might have to make one for them.

  2. That sounds like a good drink. I love the purple color of the gin.

  3. That cocktail looks really good. I may just have to try it too. I even love the color.

  4. If we were drinkers your drink sounds like it would be a great recreation from the movie. I also give you two thumbs up for your presentation! :)

  5. This is a drink I will share with my niece. I am not a drinker but more because I wake up with headaches most every morning so sadly I don't dare drink. I do love the color and how it looks in your glass and container though!

  6. That purple drink is beautiful! What a great pairing of movies and food!

  7. The purple color is nice for any table scheme. Good tip on what needs to stick to brand and where fluctuations are okay.

  8. This is the first time that I've heard of that movie. But that cocktail looks good. Not to mention, pretty! -LYNNDEE

  9. Anonymous9:13 AM

    I love watching good Rom-Com films 🙂 The cocktail looks delicious, have gotta try it 😍

    Everything Enchanting

  10. I do like most of Anderson's films so I did enjoy this one. I LOVE the color of this cocktail. I think we might see a lot of drinks for this round posted up!


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