The Deep Cover: A Sleepless Inspired Cocktail

Movie Recipes | Cocktail Recipes | Brandy Cocktails | Inspired by the movie Sleepless, The Geeks have created The Deep Cover, a brandy cocktail that is sure beat the odds. 2geekswhoeat.comWe’ve mentioned before how action movies are a guilty pleasure for us. So when the opportunity to create a recipe for Sleepless with Jamie Foxx came up, we were all in. See what we did there? Action movies and cocktails seem to go hand in hand, especially when the film is set in Las Vegas. Hence, why we created The Deep Cover.

In Sleepless, undercover police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) thrives in the high-stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground of Las Vegas. But when a heist goes wrong and a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son, Downs must evade an internal affairs investigation, rescue his son, and bring the kidnappers to justice all in one pulse-pounding, action-packed sleepless night.

If you like action flicks, then you will really enjoy this movie. Car chases, guns, and ample fight scenes make this movie a true to form action film. Jamie Foxx also does a really good job, though that isn’t really all that surprising.

Movie Recipes | Cocktail Recipes | Brandy Cocktails | Inspired by the movie Sleepless, The Geeks have created The Deep Cover, a brandy cocktail that is sure beat the odds. 2geekswhoeat.comNow onto our cocktail. The Deep Cover’s main ingredient is brandy. We really wanted to create a cocktail that felt like something a high roller might drink but still be inexpensive enough to make at home. Two different types of bitters and Aperol balance out the use of grenadine. It is important to note that the grenadine used in this cocktail is not the standard you see in the store. We used Liquid Alchemist Grenadine. This is closer to a pomegranate syrup so if you aren’t using that grenadine, go with pomegranate syrup.

We hope you enjoy The Deep Cover! Did you see Sleepless? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about the movie or if you have a movie you’d like a recipe for. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Cheers!

Sleepless is now available on Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-ray.

The Deep Cover: A Sleepless Inspired Cocktail


  • 1 oz French Brandy
  • 0.75 oz Aperol
  • 0.25 oz Liquid Alchemist Grenadine (pomegranate syrup will work in a pinch)
  • 0.25 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Peychaud Bitters
  • 1 dash AZ Bitters Lab Figgy Bitters


  • Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail mixing glass and stir.
  • Strain into a tumbler with a large cube of ice.
  • Serve.
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The Geeks were provided with an advanced copy of Sleepless for research purposes. Images and title treatments were used with permission. All opinions are wholly our own. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.

13 thoughts on “The Deep Cover: A Sleepless Inspired Cocktail

  1. I love how you are inspired by a film to create your cocktails. I haven’t come across Peychaud Bitters and AZ Bitters Lab Figgy Bitters but I have tried cocktails with Angostura Bitters, could you substitute Angustora or is it something completely different? As you can probably tell, I’m not a cocktails expert 🙂

  2. My hubby is a big action movie fan…so this definitely sounds like it would be right up his alley. Such a fun little cocktail but it really is reminding me that I need to up my cocktail game as I am not familiar with either one of those bitters.

  3. I love Jamie Foxx so i’m looking forward to watching Sleepless. I get though alot of popcorn during tense nail-biting moments – I’d need a jug of this! 😉

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