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November 05, 2003|By Sara Engram | Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Some sippers need no gimmick to enjoy a good cocktail. But it's fun, at least once in a while, to add a theme to cocktail time. Naturally, beverage folks, from distillers to bartenders, are happy to oblige.

If you're looking for a theme for a late-fall party, want to tap into the latest trends or just hanker for a jauntier-than-usual cocktail hour, here are some ideas.

The folks at Allied Domecq spirits have come up with some movie-themed drinks, including a "Scarface" cocktail tied to the recent release of that movie in DVD format.

The Scarface cocktail can even offer a Baltimore angle, although somewhat tenuous. It turns out that Elvira Hancock, the character played in the movie by Michelle Pfeiffer, was from Charm City.

But, of course, Scarface revolves around Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino. His roles in films like The Godfather or Scent of a Woman (in which he declares the tango the most sensual dance on Earth) could inspire their own cocktails.

Cesca Waterfield, cocktails host for www.bellaonline .com, offers a recipe inspired by Chicago, on the assumption that Velma and Roxy might have put aside their rivalry and sipped a drink or two. "The Chicago" features rum and black-raspberry liquor and pineapple juice.

As for rounding out the movie-themed drink menu, don't forget James Bond's classic martini -- no flavors allowed and shaken, not stirred.

If you're not in a movie-theme mood, try a theme based on flavor. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, last summer's trend toward berry-flavored cocktails has continued into this season.

Consumers apparently like the intense fruit flavors berries can provide -- so much so that several new berry-infused spirits have appeared on the market in recent months, including at least four new rums and three new vodkas.

According to the council, there are now more than 20 berry-infused vodkas on the market, helping to make vodka the country's best-selling spirit.

So if you're in the mood for a fall theme party, take your pick: movies, berries or your own creations.

Scarface

Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 ounces Courvoisier

1 1/2 ounces amaretto

splash of orange juice

splash of pineapple juice

cherry for garnish

Pour ingredients, except cherry, into a shaker. Shake well, strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

- Allied Domecq

The Godfather

Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 ounces Kahlua Especial

1 1/2 ounces vodka

splash of coffee

Serve in a martini glass.

- Allied Domecq

The Chicago

Makes 3 to 4 drinks

4 ounces white rum

2 ounces black-raspberry liqueur

10 ounces pineapple juice (see note)

pineapple or orange for garnish

Fill a shaker with ice. Add rum, black-raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. Shake and pour into Collins glasses. Garnish with skewered fresh pineapple or an orange wheel.

Note: You can substitute orange juice for pineapple juice.

- Cesca Waterfield for www.bellaonline.com

Raspberry Cosmopolitan a La Colline

Makes 1 drink

1 1/4 ounces raspberry vodka

1/4 ounce orange liqueur

splash of blackberry liqueur

raspberry for garnish

Shake ingredients, except raspberry, with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with raspberry.

- La Colline Restaurant, Washington, D.C., and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

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