The Working Girl’s Tequila Cocktail

Hey everyone! Claire here, with another installment of my food-inspired-by-film series. Today I’m going to be sharing a recipe for a tequila cocktail I like to call “The Violet Hour,” inspired by the movie Working Girl.

Working Girl, if you haven’t seen it, is a fantastic movie, following Melanie Griffith’s rise from Jersey secretary to Manhattan businesswoman. Sigourney Weaver is the villain, Harrison Ford is the love interest, ‘80s Alec Baldwin plays her skeevy ex, Carly Simon’s feminist power ballads tie it all together, and it has the makeover of a lifetime. It’s one of my favorite, favorite movies, mostly because it is so ‘80s. The hair, the shoulder pads, the technology, the hair—it’s perfection.

Inspired by that moment in the bar (the shots of tequila that get the plot going) I have created this smoky, lovely drink to share with you today. The Violet Hour is tequila based with a touch of crème de viollete. It sounds odd—florals and tequila—but it’s a delicious combination. So make like Melanie Griffith and switch your puffy tennis shoes for heels, get out your aqua net, and cheers to fighting that glass ceiling!

Today on the blog we're sharing a recipe for a tequila cocktail we like to call “The Violet Hour"

The Violet Hour


  • 2 oz. white tequila
  • ½ oz. creme de violette
  • ½ oz. grand marnier
  • 3 dashes angostura
  • flamed orange twist


Over lots of ice, combine the tequila, crème de violette, grand marnier, and angostura in a large glass. Stir vigorously for about 15 seconds, then strain into a tumbler over a large ice cube. Take a small peel of orange, light a match and run it under and over the orange to release it’s oils, and place it in the glass. Enjoy!

The Violet Hour Tequila Cocktail

Not only is this cocktail delicious, it also has quite the theatrical element with lighting the orange peel on fire. It’s definitely a fun one to serve at your next happy hour.

What’s your favorite film-inspired cocktail? Do you have any requests for my next food inspired by film blog post?

Let me know in the comments below.

And if you haven’t already seen the movie Working Girl, click here!

X Claire
The Kitchy Kitchen

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