Scotchka and The Room: The Best Bad Drinks for the Best Bad Movie


Plenty of movies have a famous drink connected with them — The Big Lebowski ‘s White Russian or Blue Velvet‘s PBR — but no movie has such a laughably terrible cocktail as the laughably terrible cult film The Room . In one key scene, the main character (played by actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and oddball Tommy Wiseau) gets drunk with his future-wife on a mix of Scotch and vodka. While Scotchka may not exist outside of college dorms, it’s not the only hazardous alcoholic concoction that you’ll need if you plan to enjoy this incredible/incredibly bad film.

The Room has been playing at midnight screenings in Los Angeles for years, and it has been slowly spreading across the world (check here for a chance to see it). Each scene is riddled with errors, incongruities, and simply unfortunate acting (even the establishing shots of San Francisco hilariously resemble the opening to the sitcom Full House ). There are plenty of examples of the film’s strangeness but here’s one of the best, and probably most notorious:

Among this multitude of errors is the decision to combine what appears to be Scotch with vodka for their preferred libation. While Scotchka itself may not exist, there is a similar drink that conceals itself under the alias Perpignan. With ice, shake equal parts Scotch, vodka, Galliano, and Red Dubonnet and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve them to other people and you may find almost any lines works on them, even “I’m tired, I’m wasted, I love you darling!”

Of course, if you’re going to be hearing pick-up lines like a monotone “I keep thinking about your strong hands around my body. It excites me so much,” then you might need something else. Might we suggest a Sloe Comfortable Screw as the trashy drink of choice? Add 1 ½ tbsp vodka, 2 tsp Southern Comfort, and 3 tsp sloe gun to a highball glass half-filled with ice. Top with orange juice and garnish with a cherry. If you can stand this drink’s name then you can stand any of these come-ons.

If SoCo isn’t scary enough when it comes to risky liquor combinations, there’s always the nuclear option. Try the infamous Long Island Iced Tea (this version by Gary Regan): shake 1 oz vodka, 1 oz gin, 1 oz light rum, 1 oz white tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, and 3/4 oz simple syrup with ice. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with cola.

Sure, it may be a risky choice on a night out, but what are you? Chicken?