Six Scene-Stealing Drinks for the Academy Awards

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The Wolfy

Recipe courtesy Colin Maxwell, head bartender, EMM Group, CATCH, Miami

“The Wolfy, inspired by Leonardo Dicaprio's character in The Wolf of Wall Street, is a masculine cocktail with a lot of bite,” says Maxwell, not to mention a fitting price tag ($17). But you don’t have to be a banker to bring this over-the-top drink home. The subtle use of chipotle and guajillo peppers adds complexity to the Bourbon base, which you can recreate at home. 

2 ounces apricot-guajillo-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon (recipe below)
¾ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
¼ dropper of chipotle-Bourbon tincture (recipe below)
Dried apricot slice, for garnish

Combine the infused Bourbon with the juice, syrup and tincture in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a dried apricot slice. 

For apricot-guajillo-infused Bourbon:

1-liter bottle Woodford Reserve Bourbon
16 dried apricots
2 dried guajillo pepper skins (seeded and skinned, skins reserved)

Place the Bourbon in a blender with the dried apricots and the pepper skins. Blend until smooth. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes, then pass through a fine strainer. Transfer back to the bottle (it will have some sediment).

For chipotle-Bourbon tincture:

1 cup chipotle peppers, roughly chopped
1 cup Wild Turkey 101

Place peppers (including seeds) with Bourbon in a small mason jar and let infuse for 5–7 days in a cool, dark place. Strain mixture and transfer to an eye-dropper container or a bitters bottle. It will keep for 2–3 months at room temperature.

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