The Oscars are this Sunday so whether you are hosting a party or just staying in to watch the award show I hope you enjoy a few of these 2011 Oscar Inspired Cocktail Recipes.
Black Swan: White Lady/The BlackoutIn the film Black Swan, ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) leads a double life when she delves into the characters of the White and Black Swans in Swan Lake. Our cocktail portrayal of the film features a White Lady, made with gin, lemon juice and Cointreau, and The Blackout, made with tea leaves, amaretto and rum. Drink up!
1 1/2 oz gin
1 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
Spiced Sugar (see recipe below), for rimming glass
3/4 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce 151 proof rum
1/2 ounce white creme de cacao
3 ounces hot Leaves de Provence tea or another floral tea Lightly whipped and sweetened heavy cream 3/4 ounce amaretto
Coat the rim of a thick wineglass with the sugar and add the rum. Using a lighter, ignite the rum. Twirl the glass to caramelize the sugar, making sure you keep the glass upright, so that no burning liquid reaches the floor. When the sugar is caramelized, put the fire out by pouring tea into the glass, and add the amaretto, Grand Marnier, and crème de cocao.
Top with the whipped cream.
1 cup superfine sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
Stir together all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
Winter's Bone: Corpse Reviver No. 2Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) faces grim and morbid circumstances as she searches for her meth-cooking father in the Ozarks. Though this drink was named for its perceived ability to wake the dead (it's strong!), we're not sure it could do much good in Ree's situation.
3/4 ounce dry gin
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
8 drops absinthe
3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc Brandied cherry, for garnish
Fill a stemmed glass with ice and let sit to chill. In a shaker, combine liquid ingredients and shake with ice until chilled. Discard ice from the stemmed glass, shaking out excess water. Strain the drink into the chilled glass. Garnish.
Boston mixologist Scott Marshall of Drink shares his Social Network-inspired concoction with Us.
Combine 2 oz. rye whiskey, 2 oz. Benedictine Liqueur and muddled fresh coffee beans. Build in a cocktail shaker, add ice and stir. Double strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
In honor of Toy Story 3, nominated for Best Picture, we’re sharing a virgin apple-tini recipe for the kids!
2 oz apple juice
1/2 oz lime juice
2 oz sprite
green sanding sugar, for rimming
apple slice, for garnish
Shake apple juice, lime juice, and sprite and strain into cocktail or low-ball glass, rimmed with sanding sugar. Garnish with apple slice!
True Grit: Salty Dog
Few words can better explain Jeff Bridges' character in True Grit than "salty dog." Made with vodka, grapefruit juice and salt, this drink might be a little too girly for Rooster Cogburn—but it's perfect for your Oscar party.
1 1/2 ounces vodka Kosher or sea salt
4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
Lemon or lime wedge
Frost the rim of a highball glass with salt by rubbing a lemon or lime wedge around the outside rim of the glass to dampen and dusting the rim with kosher or sea salt.
Fill the glass with ice and build the drink.
The Kids Are All Right: Red Wine
In The Kids Are All Right, there was hardly a scene where a glass of red wine wasn't being nursed by either Nic (Annette Bening) or Jules (Julianne Moore). Pour yourself a glass for your Oscar-watching party.