‘Cocktail’ Comes To Life With Bartending Phenom

Of all the good-time films in Tom’s career, Cocktail stands out for its brazen, highfalutin mixology. Come on, who thought mixing drinks could be a contact sport and an art?! Well, as much as we love Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise’s character in Cocktail) and revere his talents with a cocktail shaker, we’ve got something of a wunderkind, a prodigy—if that can be said of a bartender—in the video below. We know vodka is popular in Eastern Europe, but this is just ridiculous.

Below this video, Brain Flanagan shakes it in what now must be described as the old-school approach.

The Ukrainian Mix Master
This performance by Alexander Shtifanov on a Ukrainian talent show earned him the title “World’s Best Bartender.” You’d be hard-pressed to find someone better.


Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan and Bryan Brown as Doug Coughlin put their spin on mixology in the inebriating Cocktail. The routine may be 25 years old, but it’s still pretty good.


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  • Sheryl

    The Ukrainian was very good but Tom is much easier on the eyes! :)

  • Angie

    Hello, I hope you have a wonderful birthday filled with happiness.
    Kindest Regards
    Angie Wilby
    (You are like a Fine Wine Sir…)