Oscar season is in full bloom and getting ready to harvest. In less than a month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be hosting their 88th award ceremony, distributing symbolic praise for those who work hard to breathe life into imagination for our entertainment and, sometimes, enlightenment. Lamentably it is true that not everyone is invited and can be present to see these awards be handed out in person. Instead, many cinephiles throw their own Oscar parties to simulate the thrill of being in the audiences with film casts and crews. If you are someone who enjoys hosting your own party, you are mostly likely also someone who likes to make your party stand out. The simplest way to do that: fancy cocktails. Here is a list of cocktails you can select, each one of these corresponding to a Best Picture nominee (Please Google the drinks below for exact measurements and directions).
“The Martian” – For a film where Matt Damon is stranded on Mars, commonly referred to as the red planet, the drink should obviously be colored red. Try the crimson berry. Pour vodka, raspberry liquor and lime juice into a shaker, shake well, and then strain into an old fashioned glass. A lemon twist garish is recommended, but either way your guest should find the drink out of this world.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” – the long awaited follow up to George Miller’s apocalyptic trilogy set in a desert wasteland, the desert rose cocktail is called for. This requires more ingredients but less preparation. Tequila, passion fruit juice, sparkling wine, and guava nectar simply poured into a cocktail glass, pinch of lemon juice and garnished with a lime wedge. Your guests will never see it coming.
“Spotlight” – A team of journalist investigate a molestation case involving an unfrocked priest. Seeing as wine is the church symbolizes the blood of Christ, it seems apt to find a wine based cocktail. Recommended then is the red splash. Combined Malbec wine, white tequila, club soda and lime juice into a shaker, shake and strain into a wine glass. Your guest will forgive any bad jokes after that.
“Brooklyn” – An Irish immigrant in the 1950s…before you reach straight for the Guinness to compliment this film, try the emerald. Stir Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and orange bitters together in a mixing glass filled with crushed ice, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. All your guest will be Irish by the end of the night.
“Room” – Okay, skip the sipping drinks and go straight for the intended effect; for a film involving ongoing kidnapping and worse, you’ll want to go with the mind eraser. Pour vodka, Kahlua and tonic water over ice. The catch to this drink is one is meant to drink it as quickly as possible. Some suggest serving it with a straw, others suggest just downing it all at once. Either way, your guests should forget their troubles quickly.
“Bridges of Spies” – This film takes place during the cold war. So of course, go with the Moscow mule. This is popular drink right now, but if you’re able to master it, your party will be on fire. Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug, then add ice and ginger beer before stirring. “Ypa!”
“The Revenant” – One of the most talked about features of this film is the vicious bear attack scene. Can you believe there is actually a cocktail called the grizzly bear? It doesn’t get easier than that. Just pour amaretto, Jägermeister, Kahlua and milk into a glass. It is said the drink looks nasty, but tastes great.
“The Big Short” – Another Wall Street movie. Everyone knows its sounds prestigious, but its greed is as commonplace as anywhere. The black velvet drink mixes fancy and average. Pour sparkling wine into a champagne flute, and float a stout beer onto of the wine.
All of these drinks can be Googled and easily prepared at your home. And with them, you will be a shoe-in for host of the year.