This is the 3rd inning or base of a 4 part series on baseball cocktails for a home bar hosted sports themed party. These drink recipes are loosely tied to motion pictures centered around the game.
Baseball Movie Inspired Drinks .. cocktail ( film - year )
Incider Cocktail ( Moneyball - 2011 ):
- 1 1/2 oz whiskey
- 4-5 oz apple cider
- 1 slice apple
This drink could’ve made the list because there’s nothing more American than baseball and apple pie or possibly since the spelling rhymes with inside as in pitching. However, another play on words involves the phrase “inside baseball” which refers to specific knowledge of the detailed minutiae of the sport ( often used generically for whatever the current topic being referred to is ). This “incider knowledge” describes the baseball movie Money Ball and its focus on player statistics in building a team.
Pour blended whiskey over ice cubes in an old fashioned glass. Add apple cider and stir. Garnish with the apple slice.
Natural Cocktail Recipe ( The Natural - 1984 ):
- 1 1/2 oz light rum
- 1/2 oz brandy
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp orgeat almond syrup
Robert Redford plays Roy Hobbs in this film about a farm boy who wants to be the best there is at baseball. As a 35 year old rookie, he takes his homemade bat ‘Wonderboy’ to the majors in 1939 and becomes a star player.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add all of the ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled wine glass filled with ice cubes.
Wild Thing ( Major League - 1989 ):
- 1 1/2 oz tequila
- 1 oz cranberry juice
- 1 tbs lime juice
- 1-2 oz club soda
Major League and The Bad News Bears are possibly the two funniest baseball movies ever made. Wild Thing is Charlie Sheen’s nickname in this film where he plays Cleveland Indians pitcher Ricky Vaughn. His clothes, attitude and haircut all qualify, but his wild pitches are the thing and maybe not for what you’d think.
Add tequila, cranberry and lime juice to a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir and top off with club soda.
Dream Cocktail Ingredients ( Field of Dreams - 1989 ):
- 1 1/2 oz cognac or brandy
- 3/4 oz orange liqueur
- 1 tsp anisette liqueur
“If you build it, he will come.” That’s the dream that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella played by actor Kevin Costner to clear some land and construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field.
“If you build a home bar, they will come.” Family, friends and people you don’t even know will dream about it, show up early and never want to leave. For this after dinner and a movie drink, add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled glass.