Even if the movie theaters sat empty, these award winning cocktails will make this year’s star-stuffed Oscars event a reason to celebrate. From a cocktail with a few bubbles to a twist on a classic libation, the there is always a delicious sipper to enjoy during the red carpet till the last envelope is read. Which cocktail would be your winner?
Sometimes themed cocktails are twists on classic. A few simple swaps can bring a cocktail new life. It isn’t completely re-inventing the drink. Think of some cocktail ideas as a reboot, just like the movies.
At the same time, award winning cocktails need to deliver on that special moment. While a simple tonic and liquor is always a delicious choice, the reality is that an event that happens once a year needs a little extra twist. From a delightful presentation to an elevated ingredient, a special occasion deserves a little more.
Which award winning cocktails should you enjoying during the Oscars?
If you prefer a few bubbles in a cocktail, this D’USSE Champagne Sparkler is a great choice. The smooth cognac with the floater of Martini & Rossi Asti blends robust and sweet. The added sugar adds another element of sweetness. Skip the dessert and take a sip instead.
D’USSE Champagne Sparkler
- 1 part D’USSE VSOP Cognac
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Top Martini & Rossi Asti
- Garnish: Orange Twist
- Add D’USSE, sugar cube and bitters into a champagne flute. Top with chilled Martini & Rossi Asti.
Sometimes a little mint can be that burst of refreshment to push away the tiredness. Although the Oscars should be engaging, sometimes those speeches can get a little long. From the aroma to the flavor, the mint can help keep everyone energize from the first envelope till the Best Picture announcement.
Here’s how to make the Mint Condition.
- 1.5oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
- 1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- .75oz Simple Syrup
- Small handful of mint
- Add all ingredients to shaker and muddle. Add ice and shake. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with mint sprig.
While many actors prefer to be center stage, sometimes they have to exit stage left. With this cocktail, that classic phrase gets a play on words with Exit Sage Left.
The combination of fresh sage and gin is a lovely herbaceous quality. The savory notes with the touch of sweet and tart makes for a refreshing cocktail.
Here’s how to make Exit Sage Left.
- .75oz Tanqueray No. TEN
- .25oz Dry Vermouth
- .5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- .5oz Simple Syrup
- Small Handful of Sage
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass, top with soda, add ice. Garnish with a sage sprig and lemon wheel.
While many entertainers have their spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the reality is that everyone deserves their five minutes of fame. With this cocktail the ginger strawberry syrup is quite delightful. The combination of slightly spicy with a touch sweet, the cocktail might make you wish for a long time to enjoy it.
Here’s how to make Walker of Fame.
- 1.5oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
- .5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- .75oz Ginger Strawberry Syrup
- Top with Club Soda
- Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass over ice, top with soda, garnish with sliced strawberry and ginger candy.
Sometimes a twist on a classic cocktail is the one component of award winning cocktails. In this version, it takes a combination of a Moscow mule and some hard seltzer to make a lovely refreshing cocktail. While this beverage has a more potent sip than a traditional hard setlzer, it might be a lovely choice for the Oscars.
Here’s how to make Spiked Cherry Mule
- Sparkling Ice Spiked Cherry Lime Chiller
- 2 oz Vodka
- ¼ tsp of fresh ginger, diced
- ½ oz lime juice
- 1 oz Grenadine
- Mint, cherries and lime for garnish
- In a copper mug, muddle lime juice and ginger. Add ice, grenadine and vodka. Fill with Sparkling Ice Cherry Lime Chiller. Garnish with cherries, lime, and mint.
Everyone knows that the past year was unprecedented. Whether or not you want to label it “jacked” is a personal preference. For Bacardi, it has offered this cocktail for the Oscars. After a few sips, you might have forgotten the year that wasn‘t.
BACARDÍ Hotel Nacional
- 2 oz. BACARDĺ Reserva Ocho Rum
- ¾ oz. pineapple juice
- ¼ oz. lime juice
- ¼ oz. simple syrup
- ½ oz. apricot liqueur
Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a pineapple leaf or a lime wheel.
These award winning cocktails are just a few of the many options that can be enjoyed while watching the Oscars. But, if you want to see the entire ceremony, sip slowly.