5 Classic ‘90s Movies to Watch This Weekend (and the Drinks to go With Them)

5 Classic ‘90s Movies to Watch This Weekend (and the Drinks to go With Them)

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June 28, 2018

Got some time this weekend to lay back and watch some classic flicks? We’ll look back at the absolutely essential movies from the 1990s and recommend some bevs to sip while you watch them.

Titanic (1997)

Look, it may have made you too scared to ever go on a cruise, but there’s no denying Titanic is an absolute ‘90s classic. And you’d hope so, too – with a budget of $200 million US, at the time, it was the most expensive film ever made. Luckily it was also the first film to reach the billion dollar mark at the box office.

While watching one of the best love stories of all time, why not enjoy a fancy cocktail? Act like Jack trying to play it cool during dinner on the fancy upper-decks, and indulge in a swanky martini.

Ingredients (Serves 1):

60mL Grey Goose vodka
5mL dry vermouth
Lemon zest


Combine vodka and vermouth, add ice and stir for 10-15 seconds until chilled. Strain and garnish with lemon zest.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Arguably Quentin Tarantino’s best film, Pulp Fiction is a fast-paced and unconventional movie that has been copied a billion times since. Even if you’ve never seen it, you probably know the key scenes by heart: John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson discussing “a Royale with cheese”, Uma Thurman and John Travolta dancing in the diner and, of course, that adrenaline scene.

We’d match a viewing of Pulp Fiction with a good ol’ American feast. Load up on fries, cheeseburgers (a Royale with cheese?) and a milkshake. Make that milkshake extra special by adding in a couple of tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Delish!

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Always felt like the underappreciated genius in your friendship group? Well, do we have a movie for you! Good Will Hunting was the one that won Matt Damon and Ben Affleck an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay – Damon apparently started writing the script as a final assignment in one of his classes at Harvard.

To accompany this film, we’d recommend a classic American beer. Think Budweiser, Miller Draft, Sierra Nevada or Coors. You know what also goes well with beer and movies? Flavoured popcorn. Give this chilli caramel popcorn recipe a whirl.

The Matrix (1999)

Put on your floor-length leather coats, everyone ¬– it’s Matrix time! We’d recommend watching them all in a row for the perfect weekend marathon, but to be honest, the first one is still the best one. Want to know the weirdest thing? Neo, Morpheus and Trinity’s looks are kind of back in style now.

Have a Matrix-themed party and – like Morpheus gave Neo – give your guests the option of the ‘red pill’ bev or ‘blue pill’ bev. No, the red pill won’t reveal a dystopic reality! Set up two stations in your living room; one with red wine and another with Blue Lagoon cocktails. Here’s how to whip them up:

Ingredients (Serves 8):

4 cups pineapple juice
2 cups lemonade
1 cup Blue Curacao
1 cup dry gin
Fresh pineapple wedges, to garnish


Place the pineapple juice in a container, cover with foil and place in the freezer for four hours. Roughly break up the frozen pineapple juice with a spoon and blend in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a large jug. Add the lemonade and stir until just combined. Pour the Blue Curacao and gin among serving glasses and pour over the pineapple mixture.

Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club is a great movie night watch, because it truly has something from everyone. Romance! Action! Black humour! Mystery! Brad Pitt! Meatloaf! And if you don’t know how it ends… well, we won't say anymore.

This is a movie that deconstructs outdated ideas about traditional masculinity, so it could be interesting to take an old school spirit and serve it in a different way. We’d recommend picking up a bottle of whisky and serving your friends up a batch of Whisky and Blackberry Lemonade.

Ingredients (Serves 6):

1 tsp aromatic bitters
24 frozen blackberries
1 cup ice cubes
185mL Jack Daniels whisky
750mL chilled lemonade


Divide bitters among serving glasses and swirl to cover the bases and sides. Divide blackberries and ice among serving glasses. Pour over the whisky and lemonade and serve immediately.