Four Drinks to Make for Your 2014 Oscars Party

A.J. Rathbun
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The Captain's Blood cocktail

It’s time to roll out the red carpet for all those you’ve invited over to watch the 2014 Oscars (and hopefully it’s a bunch of folks, cause it’s always more fun to watch with a crowd). But to ensure that your Academy Awards party is the winner, serve up one of the following drinks. Two of these bevs match up nicely with films up for Best Picture, and two hearken back to silver screen goddesses of the past, if you're feeling a little nostalgic. All of the below recipes are from Good Spirits: Recipes, Revelations, Refreshments, and Romance, Shaken and Served with a Twist.

Captain’s Blood
This drink’s in honor of the movie Captain Phillips, but admittedly was (and maybe is) a drink savored by pirates and pirate types. So, perhaps, Tom Hank’s title character might shy away from it. But you shouldn’t, even though it is a bit strong. Big movie nights sometimes need strong drinks.

Ice cubes
2-1/2 ounces Sun Liquor barrel-aged rum
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Lime slice, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the rum, bitters, and lime juice. Shake matey, shake.

2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime slice.

American Punch
A shout out to the film American Hustle, as well as a shout out to the whole creative American spirit, you might want to put this on your party menu if you’re inviting over a crowd and don’t feel like making individual drinks – provided you have a punch bowl, that is.

Serves 8 to 10

Block of ice (or cracked ice)
1 750 milliliter bottle 2 bar bourbon
10 ounces Pierre Ferrand orange curaçao
1 750 milliliter bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
5 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 ounces simple syrup

1. Place the ice in a punch bowl (if using cracked ice, fill above the half-way point). Add the bourbon, curaçao, lemon juice, and syrup. Using a long spoon, stir 50 times (plus once for Puerto Rico).

2. Add the Champagne. Stir briefly. Serve in punch glasses or wine glasses.

Rosalind Russell
A classic drink named for a classic star (of the wonderful Auntie Mame, among others), who sadly never won an Academy Award – though she was nominated for four, and deserved to win at least half of those times.

Ice cubes
3 ounces Sound Spirits aquavit
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
Lemon twist, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass halfway full with ice cubes. Add the aquavit and vermouth. Stir well.

2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze and release the twist.

Scarlett O'Hara
This drink is another shout out to a great actress from the past, Vivian Leigh. She won one of her two Academy Award for playing the woman this drink is named after in Gone With the Wind, which gives this drink a double dose of Academy history.

Ice cubes
2 ounces Southern Comfort
1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 

1. Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice cubes. Add all of the ingredients. Shake well (as if, frankly, you did give a dame).

2. Strain into a cocktail glass.