Arguably, the best part about the Academy Awards is that you can celebrate right from the couch, but that doesn’t have to stop the party. Indulge on the glamor of the evening and craft up a cocktail even the stars would sip on. We’ve rounded up a number of Oscar-inspired recipes below to get you ready for the big night.
Cocktail Academy founder Matt Landes and his team have personally seen to the success of events like New York Fashion Week and, yes, the Academy Awards. It’s all part of the reason you should take his advice on how to make your at-home Oscars watch that much more special. See below for the inside scoop on how to make a Hollywood-approved, Best Picture-nominated film-inspired cocktail.
Power of the Dog
2oz Copper Dog Blended Scotch Whisky
0.75oz Lemon Juice
0.75oz Honey-Ginger Syrup
Instructions: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a wheat stalk.
West Side Story
2oz Ron Del Barrilito Primera Riserva Rum
0.75oz Sweet Vermouth
0.25oz Maraschino Liqueur
4 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters
Instructions: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir, strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
1.5oz Don Julio Reposado
1.5oz Pineapple Juice
0.5oz Lemon Juice
0.75oz Palo Cortado Sherry
0.5oz 'Melange Spice’ Orgeat
Instructions: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake and strain into your favorite stoneware tea cup. Rim the cup with ‘Melange Spice’- saffron, turmeric, white pepper, nutmeg, clove.
1oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey
0.75oz Bitter Aperitif
0.75oz Dry Vermouth
0.5oz Lemon Juice
0.5oz Simple Syrup
Instructions: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake, strain into an ice filled highball glass and top with pale ale. Garnish with an orange wedge.
Straight from New York City, these recipes offer all the fun of a cocktail without a heavy pour. Created by Daniel Bedoya, beverage director of Gilded Group, these cocktails will have you feeling like you’re right on the red carpet at Hollywood & Highland. Ingredients and directions below!
The Strawberry Carpet
2 oz strawberry vermouth
2 oz sparkling water
2 fresh strawberries sliced thin
Collins glass with cube ice
Top with sparkling rose
Garnish with gold leaf strawberry
The After Party
1 oz elderflower cordial
.75 oz fresh cucumber juice
.50 oz fresh lemon juice
Top with tonic water
Garnish with micro flowers
The Academy Awards are so prestigious that eyes all around the world will be looking to Los Angeles. For proof, take Kilkea Castle’s Oscar-inspired cocktails. Inspired by the machismo of Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the Power of the Dog, food and beverage manager Dawid Smietana produced the Power of the Hair of the Dog cocktail. It’ll be the perfect drink to sip while Jane Campion likely racks up her multiple Oscars.
Kilkea’s Power of the Hair of the Dog
1 part of Jameson Irish Whiskey
0.25 part of dry sherry
5 parts of tomato juice
2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
½ tsp of celery salt
1 twist of black pepper
2 dashes of tabasco
½ tsp of horseradish sauce
½ tsp of sugar
Spicy Salt Mixture (for rim)
Garnish with basil leaf and lemon/lime wedge)
Hand-blend Jameson Irish Whiskey, dry sherry, tomato juice, 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce, ½ tsp of celery salt, 1 twist of black pepper, 2 dashes of tabasco, ½ tsp of horseradish sauce, ½ tsp of sugar in a jug or bowl.
Add spicy dry mixture to rim of tall glass.
Serve in tall glass over ice.
Garnish with basil and wedge of lemon or lime
Ingredients for Dry Mixture for Rim
1/4 c. Kosher Salt
1 tbsp. Celery Salt
1 tbsp. Cumin
1 tbsp. Granulated Garlic (not Garlic Salt)
1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1/4 tsp. Dry Mustard Powder
1/4 tsp. Dry Powdered Ginger
Fresh Lemon or Lime Wedge
Basil leaf to garnish
In a small bowl, whisk together kosher salt, celery salt, cumin, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, mustard powder, and powdered ginger. Store in a jar or container with a tight lid.
To rim your glass when making Power of the Hair of the Dog Bloody, place rim salt on a small plate. Rub the cut edge of a lemon wedge around the rim of a glass to moisten. Dip rim into the dry mixture. Enjoy!
Photography by: Scott Clark; Justin Bridges; Kilkea Castle