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Deborah Lee may be dressed in Barbie pink, but her Barbenheimer cocktail has a dark and brooding side. (Photo credit: Amy Zavatto)

When not one, but two, summer blockbuster movies release on the same day at the Sag Harbor Cinema, you can bet veteran bartender Deborah Lee is going to mark the moment with one of her famous movie-centric concoctions. But when the movies in question are about an iconic toy bombshell and, well, bombs, what’s a bartender to do?

It may look delicate and sweet, but the Barbenheimer packs a surprise punch. (Photo credit: Amy Zavatto)

Instead of overthinking what seemed like a tall order, Lee opted for a tall glass and, as is her way, to have a little fun with it.

“I wanted to create something pretty and pink and sweet for Barbie, but with a surprise burn at the finish to represent Oppenheimer,” says Lee.

Enter the Barbenheimer, which is exactly as advertised — tall, pink and cheerfully sweet like the main character played by Margot Robbie in “Barbie,” but after that first sip or so, you start to notice the growing heat from the sneaky, spicy liqueur, and its “kaboom!” presence on your palette, balancing out the initial seemingly simple fruitiness.

Go grab your tickets for one or the other (or, hey, how about a wonderfully juxtaposed double feature?!) and stop by the Green Room for a pre-flick sip of the Barbenheimer. Can’t make it? Lee dropped the bomb and gave us the recipe here — do try this at home!

The Barbenheimer

Prep Time 1 minute
Serves 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz citrus vodka
  • 3/4 oz Ancho Reyes Poblano Chile liqueur
  • 1 to 2 drops grenadine
  • 2 to 3 oz lemonade
  • 1 lemon wedge


  • In a shaker with ice, pour in the vodka, chili liqueur and grenadine. Shake well for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with lemonade and garnish with a lemon wedge. Cheers!