The Oscars are great for celebrating the great movies of the last year, and whether or not they featured scenes with a brew, a shot, or your favorite cocktail you should probably have a drink while you watch the awards.
Drinks and drinking culture often play a significant role in storytelling. Movies like time capsules are snapshots of moments in history, present, and future where all the context for the story we are told is provided on screen through visuals or narrative. Whether based on fact, fiction or fantasy movies allow us to transport to a particular setting real or imagined, and the greater the detail, the more likely that experience will feel real. Many of the movies that we think of in regard to drinking culture lead us to scenes of binge drinking, college Toga parties, or more serious abuses of alcohol. But where alcohol plays a supporting role, as a setting prop we often see drinking culture, and often cocktail culture, as a narrative device signaling a scene is either relaxed, celebratory, tense, romantic, and the list goes on. We may not consciously identify the cocktail as the setting cue, but its absence would make many scenes feel incomplete.
Alex paired his cocktails with movies with Oscar nominations. Jordan went with a broader Hollywood theme for his drinks. Here are a few cocktails we recommend for your viewing pleasure:
Moonlight Cocktail (Moonlight)
From Gary Regan:
- 1 ½ oz. Ruttle Dry Gin
- ¾ oz. triple sec
- ½ Creme de Violette
- ¼ oz. fresh lime juice
- ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice
Malice In Hollywood #1
- 1 ½ oz. Jim Beam Black Bourbon
- ½ oz. Apricot brandy
- Lemon Twist garnish
This drink was created in the 1940s by Hedda Hopper, Hollywood’s greatest gossip columnist. It can be served up in a coupe or cocktail glass or on the rocks in a rocks glass.
Sake Cocktail (Silence):
- ¼ cup lychee water (from canned lychees) (grapes/strawberries/ watermelon combined flavor)
- ½ cup sake
- ½ cup ice
- 1-2 tbsp corn syrup
- lychee, for serving
Put lychee water, sake, ice and corn syrup in a shaker. Shake well. Pour in glass and put 2-3 pcs lychee per glass.
Mary Pickford Cocktail
- 1 ½ oz. White rum
- 1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1 tsp. Grenadine
- 6 drops Maraschino liqueur
Combine in a shaker, add ice, and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe. Mary Pickford won Best Actress in 1930 for her role in Croquette.
(Nocturnal Animals directed by Tom Ford who doesn’t drink but looks great in a tux)
- 2 oz. Old Tom gin
- 1 oz. Dolin Dry vermouth
- ¼ oz. Bénédictine
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Garnish: orange peel
Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish by expressing the orange oils over the drink and then discarding the peel.
Jane Russell Cocktail
… Didn’t win an Oscar, but she was Jane Russell
- 1 ½ oz. Russell’s Reserve Rye
- ½ oz. Rittenhouse Rye
- ¼ oz. Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
- ¼ oz. Grand Marnier
- ¼ oz. Bénédictine
- 1 dash Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until well-chilled. Can be served well up or on the rocks.
Red Carpet Royale
From Huffington Post
- 8 oz. Plymouth Gin Navy Strength
- 4 Dashes orange bitters
- 12 oz. grapefruit juice
- Prosecco to top
Mix all ingredients in a bar glass filled with ice, shake well. Strain into in a coup glass and top with sparkling wine and a grapefruit twist.