Apparently TCM is running The Thin Man, one of the truly great movies of the Thirties, featuring two of the truly greatest performances, those of William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. And also, since it was released just after Prohibition was lifted, featuring an awful lot of every possible kind of booze, making it perfect for a drinking game.
So, without further ado, here is the drinking game I came up with. Basically, every time the characters toss back a Rock and Rye or a Martini or a raw slug straight out of the bottle, you take a drink, one relating to what they’re drinking at the time.
You will need a bottle of Scotch, white wine, Champagne, a cocktail spirit of your choice (we don’t recommend sticking with Scotch all the way through), one shot of Jaegermeister per person, a lot of the mixer of your choice, appropriate garnishes that should be pre-prepared because you’ll be too drunk later, cocktail glasses, highball glasses, wine glasses, champagne glasses, a cocktail shaker or pitcher depending on your preferred cocktail, cocktail ingredients of your choice.
For survivability’s sake, make all your cocktails and highballs singles, no more than 1 1/2 ounces of alcohol, and about 4-6 ounces of mixer. If you watch the movie, you’ll see that’s the standard size back then. The secret to the Six Martini Evening, as Nick knew and Nora discovered, is to keep to singles (which I was quite horrified to discover, bars still make unless you ask for a double. Huh. Imagine that. Ottawa; so very different from Vancouver).
It’s probably best to pre-mix a generous pitcher or shaker of cocktails before the movie starts. Keep lots of ice on hand as well, in case you get dehydrated or you bought the cheap Scotch. You will be drinking wine, taking shots, consuming cocktails, tossing back highballs, and quaffing Champagne. Should be quite a party.
Good luck getting to the end of the movie!
Seeing Nick and Nora have six martinis in the bar, DRINK A COCKTAIL
Looks like scotch and soda in the meeting with Macauley, DRINK A HIGHBALL
Nick handing out cocktails at the party, a dozen or so on a tray, so everyone have a COCKTAIL or HIGHBALL your choice
Nora handing out COCKTAILS at the party, have a COCKTAIL
Nick drinks a HIGHBALL although he appears to have had a few.
Nora hands the remaining cocktails to reporters. If you’re a reporter, bonus COCKTAIL!
Nick drinks Nora’s Rye COCKTAIL.
Nora has a HIGHBALL she gives Dorothy
Nick mixes himself another HIGHBALL
“maybe it’d help you to sleep” Nick pours himself a HIGHBALL and shotguns it.
Nora requests a drink, Nick makes her a straight SCOTCH which she doesn’t drink
Nick drinks her scotch, drink the drink of the person on your left.
Nick gives her some straight SCOTCH to bring her around after he slugs her.
Nick slugs a lot of SCOTCH
Nora gives him a glass of HIGHBALL but drinks SCOTCH from the bottle. Twice.
Then he drinks the HIGHBALL in the tumbler.
Christmas morning, Nick drinks a HIGHBALL
Nunhiem pours a SLUG for the Lt., Nick drinks it, and it’s nasty. TAKE A SHOT OF JAEGERMEISTER.
“It’s putting me way behind in my drinking” Nick has a HIGHBALL
Waiter/cop at dinner offers a COCKTAIL
Morelli drinks a glass of WHITE WINE
Nick drinks some WHITE WINE
Glasses of CHAMPAGNE on the train