Four Drinks to Make for Your 2014 Oscars Party

The best drinks to make for your Academy Awards bash

By Seattle Mag February 27, 2014


!–paging_filter–pIt’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 a href=”…” target=”_blank”emGood Spirits: Recipes, Revelations, Refreshments, and Romance, Shaken and Served with a Twist/em./a/p
pstrongCaptain’s Blood/strongbrThis drink’s in honor of the movie emCaptain Phillips/em, 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./p
pemIce cubesbr2-1/2 ounces a href=”” target=”_blank”Sun Liquor barrel-aged rum/abr1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juicebr2 dashes orange bittersbrLime slice, for garnish /em/p
p1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the rum, bitters, and lime juice. Shake matey, shake./p
p2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime slice./p
pstrongAmerican Punch/strongbrA shout out to the film emAmerican Hustle/em, 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./p
pServes 8 to 10/p
pemBlock of ice (or cracked ice)br1 750 milliliter bottle a href=”” target=”_blank”2 bar bourbon/abr10 ounces Pierre Ferrand orange curaçaobr1 750 milliliter bottle Champagne or sparkling winebr5 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juicebr8 ounces simple syrup/em/p
p1. 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)./p
p2. Add the Champagne. Stir briefly. Serve in punch glasses or wine glasses./p
pstrongRosalind Russell/strongbrA classic drink named for a classic star (of the wonderful emAuntie Mame/em, 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./p
pemIce cubesbr3 ounces a href=”” target=”_blank”Sound Spirits aquavit/abr1/2 ounce dry vermouthbrLemon twist, for garnish/em/p
p1. Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass halfway full with ice cubes. Add the aquavit and vermouth. Stir well./p
p2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze and release the twist./p
pstrongScarlett O’Hara/strongbrThis 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 emGone With the Wind/em, which gives this drink a double dose of Academy history./p
pemIce cubesbr2 ounces Southern Comfortbr1 ounce cranberry juice cocktailbr1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juicenbsp; /em/p
p1. Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice cubes. Add all of the ingredients. Shake well (as if, frankly, you did give a dame)./p
p2. Strain into a cocktail glass./p


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