Movie Night Menus: Breakfast at Tiffany's + A Cocktail

Photo: Andrew Purcell + Carrie Purcell

Photo: Andrew Purcell + Carrie Purcell

Oh, hey gorgeous, wanna snag a look-see at our next book, TCM's Movie Night Menus? It rolls out from Running Press on Dec. 27, in time for your New Year's Eve party, or maybe you're already starting to think "Oscars"?

Check out our excerpt below and find information about our TCM Twitter take-over on January 9th -- then string up some holiday lights, stock up on Champagne & ice cream, and sit down to watch Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

This drink, like Audrey Hepburn's role, is all bubbles and cream. It's a fabulous after-dinner sipper, in place of dessert, or as we recommend here: a festive brunch. Happy holidays!

-- André & Tenaya Darlington

Movie Night Menus Cover Image by Tenaya Darlington and Andre Darlington


Reprinted with permission from MOVIE NIGHT MENUS: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by Films We Love © 2016 by Tenaya Darlington and André Darlington, Running Press





Soyer au Champagne with Berries

Cardamom-Cinnamon Twists (with Coffee)

A taxi rolls down 5th Avenue at 5 o’clock in the morning and stops in front of Tiffany’s. A passenger steps out, wearing a black evening gown with dark sunglasses. It’s an iconic movie moment: She lingers in front of the store’s diamond-lit windows and munches a pastry from a paper bag while sipping coffee from a paper cup. There you have it: breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Based on the book by Truman Capote, this film tells the story of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a wisp of a girl with childlike charm and an outsized sense of style. She hosts wild parties in her bare-bones apartment, stores her rotary telephone in a suitcase to muffle its ring, and calls her upstairs neighbor Paul Varjack (George Peppard) “Fred” because he reminds her of a long-lost brother. Determined to put her small-town upbringing behind her, Holly strives to make an impression on everyone she meets—and she always does, with her hats, her bouffant hairstyle, and her cigarette holder.

About halfway through the film, Paul invites Holly to spend the day together doing things they’ve never done before, like popping Champagne before breakfast and wandering through the vault-like public library. All the while, Holly mulls over her future engagement to one of the richest men in the world—trying to deny the chemistry bubbling between her and Paul. It’s the story of two commitment-phobes falling in love.

Soyer au Champagne with Berries

 Because milk and bubbles figure prominently in this movie, we like to serve this classic cocktail. It seems like the sort of drink Holly would have loved. We’ve tricked it out with berries to create a breakfast cocktail parfait, best eaten with a spoon. Serve it in a large martini glass or wine glass placed on a saucer, with berries strewn lazily across the top and around the stem. It should look absolutely decadent.

½ ounce brandy

½ ounce orange curacao

½ ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

1 scoop vanilla ice cream or gelato

2 ounces Champagne, to top off

Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, currants)

Shake brandy, orange curacao, and Luxardo with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass over a scoop of ice cream. Top with Champagne and garnish with nutmeg and berries.

 Serve with a spoon and straw, if desired.

Tip: To prep this drink before a party, simply batch the spirits, shake over ice, strain into a jar or pitcher, then refrigerate. Place your glasses in the freezer to chill. When guests arrive, set out the ice cream, glasses, and dishes of berries. Assemble them all at once, or let guests build their own.

~ GUESS WHAT? We'll be doing a TCM Twitter takeover the night of Monday, January 9, 2017. TCM will run four movies featured in the book. Have a look at TCM's Movie Night Menus premier for January 9. We'll be live-tweeting "The Thin Man," starting at 9:15 pm (est).