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Red Carpet-Worthy Cocktails

The 91st Academy Awards are happening this Sunday, February 24, and with no host, a diverse collection of nominees and what promises to be some pretty epic live performances (including Adam Lambert and Queen!), this year we won’t be watching only for the fashion.

Of course, we are starting the event with the red carpet, so we’re going to be committed for several hours.  Clearly, we need to make sure we are well stocked with provisions!  In this particular case we are talking about the liquid variety, so just for fun, we’ve curated a list of cocktails to pair with each of the nominated films listed below:


A Star is Born:  Celestial Cocktail

1 oz (30 ml) Hendrick’s Gin
2 oz (60 ml) Raspberry-Hibiscus Tea Cordial, make ahead, recipe follows
2 oz (60 ml) Chamdeville Blanc de Blancs Brut
1 raspberry, for garnish

Directions:  In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine gin and cordial. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a raspberry.

Make it a Mocktail: Prepare as directed above, omitting gin, and topping with soda water instead of sparkling wine.

To Make Raspberry-Hibiscus Tea Cordial:  Steep 3 Raspberry-Hibiscus tea bags in 3 cups (750 ml) boiling water for 5 minutes. In a saucepan, combine 20 oz (600 ml) of steeped tea, 1¼ cups (310 ml) sugar and 2 tsp (10 ml) citric acid. Simmer to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Once cooled, store in refrigerator in a sealed bottle for up to 2 weeks.


Bohemian Rhapsody:  Citrus Celebration

1½ oz (45 ml) Bombay Sapphire East London Dry Gin
3 oz (90 ml) mandarin juice
¾ oz (22 ml) lemon juice
½ oz (15 ml) Simple Syrup, recipe follows
10 drops Orange Blossom Water (available in specialty stores)
1 large Frozen Strawberry Purée Ice Cube, make ahead, recipe follows

Directions:  In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all ingredients except for Frozen Strawberry Purée Ice Cube. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Add Frozen Strawberry Purée Ice Cube and serve.

Make it a Mocktail: Prepare as directed above, omitting gin. Can top with soda water for a bit of bubble.

To Make Simple Syrup: 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in boiling water. Allow to cool before using.

To Make Ice Cube: Clean and hull 1 lb (454 g) strawberries then purée. Pour strawberry purée into large ice cube tray and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.


Mary Poppins:  Fallen Angel

1½ oz (45 ml) The Famous Grouse whisky
¾ oz (22 ml) falernum syrup
1 oz (30 ml) lemon juice
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion bitters

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish with a lemon twist.



Black Panther: Purple Dragon Panther Martini

3 oz vodka
1 ½ oz cranberry juice
½ oz blue curacao liqueur
½ oz sweet and sour mix
½ oz of 7-up or Sprite
2 – 3 ice cubes

Directions:  in blender or food processor all ingredients and blitz 20 to 30 seconds on high speed.  Salt the rim of your martini glass.  Pour and enjoy!


Incredibles 2:  Red Jolly Rancher Cocktail

1 oz green apple vodka
1 oz peach schnapps
4 oz cranberry juice
Garnish: orange wedge

Directions:  Pour the vodka and schnapps into a highball glass filled with ice.  Add cranberry juice and garnish with orange wedge.  Stir and enjoy!



Have fun, and please drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
This post is not intended for anyone under the legal drinking age.