This week on Alcohollywood, we strap on our bowler hats and grab our wobbly bamboo canes as we tramp it up with David Rheinstrom of Twenty Questions Tuesday with David & David and Our Fair City by watching the Charlie Chaplin silent classic City Lights! In this delightful classic, our beloved Tramp (Chaplin) finds himself falling in with a comely blind flower girl and an eccentric millionaire, all while navigating the harsh world of the big city. Ambitious, timelessly hilarious, and heart-wrenchingly sweet, it’s commonly considered one of the best films of all time – now we’re here to help you drink to it. Listen and check out our drinking rules and custom cocktail below!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Tramp Champ
A variant of the classic Charlie Chaplin cocktail, we keep the apricot brandy and liven it up with some fruity flavors and floral notes (get it? ‘cause Flower Girl?) to deliver a nice, strong punch like the kind the Tramp dishes out in the film’s iconic boxing scene.
3 part apricot brandy
2 parts red apple juice
splash, port wine
splash, rose water
dash, Bitterman’s Boston Bittahs
Combine in a brandy snifter; drink merrily until you befriend a benevolent, clumsy hobo.
DRINKING RULES FOR CITY LIGHTS:
- Butt stuff (e.g. whenever someone touches, manipulates, or does something to a butt)
- Every time you see an intertitle (sip lightly for these)
- Any time you hear a sound effect (e.g. kazoo mouth sounds, gunshots, bells, slide whistles)
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
The Flower Girl says, “Yes, I can see now,” in one of the most charming, heartfelt endings in film history.
Join us next week as we explore a decidedly less classy film – the love-it-or-hate-it genre mishmash Detention!