Six Scene-Stealing Drinks for the Academy Awards
Bring a taste of tinsel town to your living room viewing party with these six Academy Awards-inspired drinks, in honor of the most glamorous evening in show business. From sips that riff off of Oscar-nominated films to actual cocktail recipes served at some of the industry’s most exclusive after parties, we’re raising the curtain on Hollywood’s hottest night.
Recipe courtesy Vincent Piazza, beverage director, NYY Steak, New York City
“We wanted to offer a fun specialty cocktail that glitters like the Awards itself,” says Piazza of his gold-hued, gently spiced creation. “Served in a tall martini glass, it pays homage to the stately Oscar.”
2 ounces Maker’s 46 Bourbon
1½ ounces Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce agave nectar
Candied ginger, for garnish
Combine the Bourbon, ginger liqueur, juice and agave nectar in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with candied ginger.
Recipe courtesy Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream Liqueur
One of the official liquor sponsors of the Academy Awards, Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream Liqueur gives a nod to the gold-plated Oscar statue with this festive, gold-rimmed shot.
Edible gold flakes, to rim (available at gourmet shops)
1 ounce Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream Liqueur
½ ounce Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps
Chill a shot glass. Lightly moisten the rim of the glass and run the edge through the gold flakes. Combine Baileys with Goldschläger in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into shot glass.
Recipe courtesy CÎROC Vodka
This tropical martini is starlet-approved, clocking in at just 127 calories per serving. Good thing, since it will be a featured cocktail served at the Governor’s Ball immediately following the Awards ceremony.
1½ ounces CÎROC Coconut vodka
1½ ounces unsweetened coconut water
1 ounce pineapple juice
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
Lemon twist, for garnish
Combine vodka, coconut water and juices in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Recipe courtesy Sunset Lounge at Mondrian South Beach Hotel, Miami
It may be anyone’s guess who will end up on fashion’s “hot” or “not” lists the morning after the Awards, but this showy caipirinha variation, which incorporates a dash of Sriracha hot sauce, doesn’t hesitate to deliver sizzle and style.
1 whole lime, cut into 6 wedges
3 bar spoons of raw sugar
1 ounce of passion fruit purée
Dash of Sriracha sauce
2 ounces of Leblon Cachaça
Dried Thai chili pepper, for garnish
Passion fruit slice, for garnish
Muddle the limes with sugar in a chilled double rocks glass. Add the passion fruit purée, Sriracha sauce and Cachaça with a scoop of crushed ice. Stir well using a bar spoon and garnish with the chili pepper and passion fruit slice.
Recipe courtesy Golden Cadillac, New York City
It’s fitting that this ’70s-themed bar would create a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated film American Hustle. While it incorporates barrel-aged Galliano and vintage Coke-bottle-esque packaging when served at the bar, home viewers will appreciate the DIY version. The end result tastes just like root beer—but it’s clearly for an adult audience.
1 ounce Galliano Liqueur
½ ounce Luxardo Espresso Liqueur
6 ounces cola
Stir together the liqueurs and cola. Pour into a rocks glass over ice (or into glass soda bottle, if desired).
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.
- 1The Oscar
- 2Glamour Shot
- 3Coco Light Martini
- 4Red Carpet Chili Caipirinha
- 5Counterfeit Cola
- 6The Wolfy