(This story originally published on April 17, 2019, and has been republished ahead of the “Cobra Kai” Season 3 premiere Jan. 1 on Netflix. The series originally streamed on YouTube’s paid platform.)
“Cobra Kai” is a streaming series about teenagers learning karate based on a movie about teenagers learning karate, so naturally we used some of our time with its stars, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, to shoot the breeze about their on-screen booze selections.
In pretty much every single episode, Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence hits the Coors Banquet beer pretty hard. It’s a pretty specific choice.
“It’s just kind of an avant-garde, off-the-grid beer — people know about it now,” Zabka said, crediting the show for reinvigorating the 1873 brew.
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Not that he’s actually ever had one.
“I haven’t really drank a Coors Banquet on the set, because all of that’s water and iced tea, so I can’t totally vouch for it yet,” he said. “But the bottles look cool, man.”
“I should be getting paid by Coors for all of this,” Zabka said.
He really should.
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From the other bar stool — er, dojo — Macchio’s all-grown-up Daniel LaRusso has a slightly more refined palate. Mr. Miyagi’s best pupil’s go-to adult beverage is a bit more of the art-imitating-life variety.
On Season 1 of “Cobra Kai,” LaRusso ordered a very specific martini in a very specific manner. That was the writers poking fun at something Macchio did in real life, he told TheWrap.
“When we sold the show — or we were confident we sold the show — the five of us — Jon [Hurwitz], Josh [Heald], Hayden [Schlossberg], Billy [Zabka] and I — went to dinner and we all ordered martinis because we did so well at the pitches,” he said. “And when I ordered mine, I didn’t know that anyone was listening to me, and I said, ‘I’ll have a Ketel [One vodka] straight-up, ice — ICE — cold.’ And then all of a sudden it’s in the script.”
Watch the video below to see how that jab played out on-screen.
“Now anytime the five of us are together… we order them,” Macchio said of his co-star and the series’ three creators, “and then each one of us tries to up the ante for how cold it needs to be.”