Toast to the Oscars: Creative movie cocktails based on best picture nominees

Last Laugh, Inspired by nominee Joker, photo provided by Cointreau
Last Laugh, Inspired by nominee Joker, photo provided by Cointreau /

Planning on watching the Academy Awards? These creative movie cocktails are the perfect way to toast the Oscars and the best movies.

From classic cocktails to new favorites, creative movie cocktails can be the perfect way to celebrate the annual Academy Awards ceremony. While very few people will ever hold an Oscar, let alone win an Oscar, everyone has a favorite best picture nominee. Why not celebrate the best of the movies with a special cocktail in their honor.

If you would rather celebrate the movies, Tequila Don Julio shared their Governor’s Ball official cocktails. These cocktails, by Charles Joly, take an elevated approach to the classic cocktails. Just like the awards ceremony, there is a little extra sparkle in these cocktails.

Of course, a simple glass of sparkling wine or champagne can be a lovely option. Even a few individual sized bottles can make you feel like a star.

If you prefer creative cocktails based on some of the best picture nominees, Cointreau has created a few cocktails that are perfect for the occasion. From a little laugh to a bold spice, these cocktails will have everyone taking notice, like that gorgeous gown on the red carpet.

Here are a few choices:

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Flame Thrower, Inspired by nominee Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, photo provided by Cointreau /

Flame Thrower, Inspired by nominee Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

This Cointreau cocktail brings a touch of heat without overpowering all the other delicate flavors. Like some of Brad Pitt’s speeches this award season, it is the right touch of fiery and sweet.

"Flame Thrower, Inspired by nominee Once Upon a Time…in HollywoodIngredients.75 oz Cointreau2 oz tequila.75 oz fresh lime juice.5 cup whole strawberries.25 oz 1:1 simple syrup1 slice jalapeño.5 cup crushed iceHow to Create:Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend to combine. Pour into Margarita glass rimmed with chili-lime seasoning. Sprinkle more chili-lime seasoning on top of cocktail as desired"

Last Laugh Inspired by nominee Joker

Everyone has been captivated by the Joker and its dynamic performances. While it might not be the cocktail to sip on those classic stairs, this cocktail will have you seeing many sides of a classic cocktail. Robust, spicy and a touch sweet, isn’t the Joker all of those things?

"Last Laugh Inspired by nominee JokerIngredients.75 oz Cointreau1.5 oz blended scotch.75 oz fresh lemon juice3 coins muddled ginger.5 oz 1:1 honey syrupHow to Create:Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Float ”green-smoke” (0.25 oz peated scotch with green food dye) atop the cocktail by pouring slowly over the back of a bar spoon."

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Once Upon a Rose, photo provided by TAO Chicago /

For a colorful twist on movie cocktails, TAO Chicago is suggesting Once Upon a Rosé. With another nod to Brad Pitt and his Miraval Provence Rosé, this cocktail shows how the French wine can brighten a cocktail. Beyond the colorful hue, this cocktail is a delight rainbow of flavors.

"Once Upon a RoséRecipe:2 oz Miraval Rosé1 oz Bacardi Superior Rum0.5 oz Cointreau Orange Liquor0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice0.25 oz Pomegranate Syrup3 dashes Rhubarb BittersAdd all ingredients, except the club soda, into a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a wine glass and top with Fever Tree Club Soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel."

These movie cocktails are just a small sampling of all the delightful sips that anyone can shake up while watching the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony. Or, you could create your own cocktail based on your favorite movie from the past year. Just like all the nominees, everyone is a winner.

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Do you watch the Oscars or throw an Academy Awards watching party? What is your favorite movie from the last year?