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Bad Boys II $46 M Opening Continues to Fuel Cocktail Trends; Bacardi Mojito Stars with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys II.

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MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2003

Playing a pivotal part in the new film BAD BOYS II, the Bacardi Mojito takes its rightful place in movie history alongside James Bond's martini, perhaps the most famous libation ever imbibed on the big screen. Making its appearance well into the film, anticipation is high as the camera pans the lush Miami Beach setting. The scene focuses on an attractive blonde wearing a thong bikini and a tiny T-shirt with the words Bacardi Server emblazoned on it. She approaches undercover FBI agent Sydney Burnett (Gabrielle Union) and Cuban drug kingpin Johnny Tapia (Jordi Molla) with a tray containing two drinks in Bacardi cups. Johnny asks what drinks these are and Syd says "Bacardi Mojitos." "Mojitos? Very nice," he replies. The important cinematic moment is capped as the Bacardi girl in her thong bikini walks away while Syd and Johnny talk further, still holding their very visible Bacardi cups.

In addition to the Bacardi Mojito and 007's concoction of choice there have been many cocktails featured in film throughout the years, each providing an integral detail about the characters that drink them. In fact, films such as The Lost Weekend, Days of Wine & Roses, Cocktail and the Thin Man would not be the same without cocktails. Whereas the Mojito indicates undeniable style and heat, perfect for BAD BOYS II Miami setting, other cocktails have also become readily identifiable with the movies in which they've appeared.

The Godfather, Part II (1974) - In one of this classic film's infrequent light moments, Fredo Corleone attempts to order a drink in Spanish. "Uno...por favor....(to Michael Corleone) How do you say "banana daiquiri?" Michael replies, "Banana Daiquiri."

The Seven Year Itch (1955) - Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell enjoy a variety of cocktails in this comedy about a married businessman and his new upstairs neighbor. In addition to the champagne in which Monroe delights in dunking her potato chips, Ewell divulges his own potable preferences as he speaks of his culinary ability in his wife's absence. "I'm perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had two peanut butter sandwiches and two Whiskey Sours."

High Society (1956) -- In this bubbly movie musical starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly, the character of CK Dexter (Crosby) explains how the Stinger got its name. "It's a Stinger," he says. "It removes the sting." In the original film, Philadelphia Story (1940), on which the musical is based, the characters played by Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart instead imbibe Kir Royales.

Casablanca (1942) - As he utters the unforgettable words "Here's looking at you, kid," Humphrey Bogart fixes a Champagne Cocktail for Ingrid Bergman, complete with dry Champagne, Brandy, a sugar cube and bitters.

The Bacardi Mojito, introduced to Havana patrons 100 years ago, is in vogue once again, appearing in films and clubs throughout the world. Made with lime, sugar, fresh mint leaves, a splash of club soda and Bacardi's Rum, the Mojito is currently appearing in a theater near you (and is rumored to be in talks to star in its own feature film).

The BACARDI Mojito:

1 1/2 oz of Bacardi Rum

12 fresh Spearmint leaves

7 oz Club Soda

2 tbls. simple syrup
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