The cocktail menu at a restaurant has long been a source of amusement for creative people around the world.
Now, a cocktail inspired by an old movie poster is giving cocktail makers around the globe the chance to recreate it.
In The Lost Weekend, the film that inspired the cocktail is a 1950s western film that stars George C. Scott and is set in the future.
It is about a cowboy (played by Robert De Niro) who is caught up in the Great Depression and falls in love with a woman who is a prostitute.
He is captured by the FBI and is sent to prison for life.
He returns home and begins to make his own drinks, and a lot of them are named after famous characters.
The most famous of which is the famous cocktail known as the Lost Weekend.
After a few drinks, he is shocked by a revelation.
“It’s a cocktail named after me,” he tells the bartender.
The bartender nods.
“I didn’t think so,” he says.
In a bid to capture the essence of the drink, bartender Jack White was given a cocktail recipe by the man himself.
“He took my ideas and said, ‘I’m going to make a cocktail like this,'” White said.
It wasn’t until the next day that White realised he had created something completely new.
“My wife and I had a glass of gin and tonic and we were like, ‘Oh my God, it’s going to be a real thing,'” White told ABC Radio Adelaide’s The Drum.
“It was a real surprise.
It was almost like I was watching a movie, so it was quite surreal.”
White said the drink was inspired by the film and the idea for the cocktail came to him while he was sitting at the bar.
“[It] was like a film,” he said.
“It felt like a movie but there was this element of the characters and the environment.
The characters are so recognizable.”
The drink also inspired a book called Lost Weekend by novelist Robert White.
The book, which was published in 2015, is an in-depth look at the creation of the Lost Weekend.
“In the book, he gives a history of how he came up with the idea,” White said, adding that it was also inspired by a book he was reading at the time.
White said that the cocktail was a tribute to his daughter and her mother, both of whom he described as his “creative angels”.
“She is really a really talented cocktail maker and her husband has created a lot more interesting drinks than me,” White told the ABC.
“I wanted to give people a bit of a taste of the past.”
A bottle of Lost Weekend is available from Jack White at Jack White’s cocktail bar in Melbourne’s CBD.