Posted On February 22, 2015 By In Entertainment, Food, Lifestyle, Movies And 151 Views

Drink Your Way Through The Oscars

Celebrate the Oscars in style with themed cocktails. We’ve got eight luscious libations that pair perfectly with the best picture nominees and popcorn. Inspire the bartender within and add some panache to your awards viewing. Raise a glass to Hollywood and toast these cinematic contenders.

  • “Selma” – Celebrate the brave marches from Selma to Montgomery with the Selma Sipper. This recipe requires a blender, but as Dr. King taught us, some things are worth going the extra mile. The drink contains quintessential Southern liquor to transport you to the location of this historic civil rights milestone.

Selma Sipper

4 cups pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)

16 oz. Bourbon

4 oz. Southern Comfort

8 oz. cup club soda

Juice of 1 lime

Blend the pineapple. Strain into a pitcher and discard the pulp. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Serve over ice.

  • “The Theory of Everything” – “The Theory of Everything” follows the life of the incredible Stephen Hawking. Try to soak up some of his genius with A Brief History of Thyme, the cocktail, not the book. Lemon and thyme go together just about as well as Stephen and Jane.

A Brief History of Thyme

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

2 sprigs of thyme, plus more for garnish

2 oz. vodka

Juice of 1 lemon


Make the thyme simple syrup by bringing the water, sugar and thyme to a low boil. Let boil for 1 minute. Let cool and strain out sprigs. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, lemon juice, and 1/2 oz of the thyme simple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you want it). Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with thyme.

  • “Whiplash” – Jazz up Oscar night with The Miles Mule. This cocktail gets its name from both the actor Miles Teller who portrays Andrew, the drumming prodigy, and jazz great Miles Davis. A splash of lemon is added to bring out the sourness of Andrew’s intimidating mentor.

The Miles Mule

2 oz. vodka

3 oz. ginger beer or ginger ale

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Lemon “cymbal” for garnish

Combine all ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon “cymbal.”

  • “Boyhood” – A Boy Rogers is a non-alcoholic option. In the 12 years that “Boyhood” spans, Mason is never at a legal drinking age. In the spirit of childhood, indulge in this mocktail.

Boy Rogers

1 can of cherry cola

1/4 oz. grenadine

1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Combine cola and grenadine and serve over ice. Garnish with cherry.

  • “Birdman” – This cocktail attempts to harness the crazy energy that is Riggan Thomson aka Birdman. Think of the Madman Manhattan as the Times Square scene in a glass. The combination of dry and sweet vermouth echoes the mix of drama and humor in the film.

Madman Manhattan

1 1/2 oz. rye whiskey

1/2 oz. sweet vermouth

1/4 oz. dry vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters

orange rind twist for garnish

Combine the whiskey and both vermouths in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice. Add the bitters. Garnish with an orange rind twist.

  • “American Sniper” – One shot is all it takes. This is not so much a recipe as it is a shot of your favorite American made liquor.
  • “The Imitation Game” – The Code Breaker Cooler is a bit complicated, but not as complicated as actually trying to break Nazi code. Stay true to Alan Turing’s patriotism and use English lavender.

Code Breaker Cooler

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

2 sprigs lavender, dried or fresh

1/2 in. piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

2 oz. London dry gin

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Sparkling water

Make the lavender simple syrup by bringing the water, sugar and lavender to a low boil. Boil for 1 minute. Let cool and strain out sprigs. Muddle the ginger in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lemon juice, and 1/2 oz. of the lavender simple syrup. Shake and strain into a highball glass over ice. Fill with sparkling water.

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – This cocktail revolves around a main plot point: the whereabouts of the priceless painting Boy with Apple. A martini is a classic drink that would have been served at the titular hotel. The use of elderflower is a nod to Gustave’s lover and Grand Budapest patron, Madame D.

Boy With Apple Martini

1 oz. elderflower cordial

3/4 oz. gin or vodka

1/2 oz. dry vermouth


sparkling apple juice

Combine the cordial, gin or vodka, vermouth, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Fill with sparkling apple juice.

Any or all of these would be a great addition to any Oscar party. If you are rooting for one film in particular, enjoy the one that corresponds with your choice. Or try all of them, but only if you can hold your liquor. Consume and view responsibly.


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