How to Make a Real Gin Martini Like the One Blake Lively’s Character Drinks in ‘A Simple Favor’

Blake Lively in ‘A Simple Favor’
Blake Lively in ‘A Simple Favor’

Here’s the chance to drink like Blake Lively … or her latest film character, at least.

The Gossip Girl alum stars alongside Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor, which premieres on Friday, September 14, and her mysterious silver screen persona, Emily, has a penchant for drinking martinis. In fact, her austere character drinks the “exquisitely crafted” beverages throughout the movie.

The martini is so central to the thriller that Lively, 31, even took to Instagram on Tuesday, September 11, to share a brief clip of her character sipping on one in front of a fire while her feet are propped up on the back of a muscular, naked man – kickboxing champ Thomas Canestraro.


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Nothing like a crackling fire and your favorite ottoMAN… 🥂@thomastheboxer

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However, Emily isn’t drinking just any ordinary martini in the flick. Instead, she’s sipping a Real Aviation Gin Martini, which she even teaches Kendrick’s character’s mother to make in the film. The libation, which is identical to the one served at Dukes Bar in London, is made using Aviation Gin – the spirits company owned by Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds – so it’s no surprise that the actress enjoys the liquor off-screen as well.

Check out the cheeky recipe below (hint: the vermouth is optional) and learn to make one for yourself!

Aviation Gin Martini
Aviation Gin Martini

Emily’s Real Aviation Gin Martini

Makes 1 serving

• 3 oz Aviation gin
• 1/2 oz vermouth
• Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Freeze the Aviation gin and chill the martini glass for at least an hour.
  2. Swirl 1/2 oz vermouth in the glass, then dump.
  3. Pour frozen gin until glass is 2/3 full.
  4. Cut a wide twist of lemon, fold peel, skin facing out.
  5. Squeeze onto martini surface, then dab around rim.
  6. Don’t add ice. Ever.

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