oscar 1-23-2013

Drinking in the Glory

Three Oscar Night inspired cocktails

With Oscar night right around the corner and the air rife with possibility (for filmmakers, not necessarily us) it’s important to take note of what transpired at the Golden Globes. Not just the outfits and long-winded speeches, but who was shut down and who may be soon looking at a liquor cabinet full of golden statues.

To give you an incentive for watching other than participating in the inevitable office water cooler conversation, here are three cocktails that’ll help you weather the award season in good spirits.

“A heart full of love” — and a glass full of gin for Les Mis


While Anne Hathaway is dreaming a dream for one day more (or a cheeseburger at this point) it’s the prospect of watching Wolverine and Maximus Decimus Meridius belting out showtunes that’ll have us reaching for a double. A French 75 is an easy to make cocktail that just so happens to be a favorite among the ladies. When there isn’t a dry eye in the room conveniently make sure la mademoiselle’s glass never is as well.

French 75

2 oz Bols Barrel Aged Genever
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Lemon juice
2 oz Champagne

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and vigorously shake the Bols, lemon juice and syrup. Strain into chilled flute or cocktail coupe. Top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon twist if you feel up to the task.

“You said to get dirty, I’m getting dirty” — a Southern Sazerac in honor of Django

Django Unchained garnered Tarantino a surprise win at the Globes, so in honor of the underdog (and let’s face it, whiskey in general) try a true Southern treat. Or several.


3 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz simple syrup
Peychaud bitters to taste
Lemon twist for garnish

Chill an old-fashioned glass and have it ready for your forthcoming drink. Muddle the simple syrup and Peychaud bitters together in a separate mixing glass. Add the rye whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe by pouring in a small amount, swirling it around and discarding the liquid. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass and pour it in the old fashioned glass. Garnish with the lemon twist if you’re sober enough to handle a knife.

“This is the best bad plan we have, sir.” — celebrate Argo with a mustache ride

In honor of all that great 70′s facial hair and to create a drink strong enough to drown Ben Affleck’s sorrows (no Oscar nomination?) let us introduce you to a quality mustache ride. Must be over 21 to comply.

Mustache Ride

1 part Cynar
1 part Allspice Dram
2 parts bourbon

Mix and shake with ice and serve on the rocks. Fill a glass halfway and top it off with seltzer. If you’re feeling incredibly fancy add a cherry and a twist of orange peel imitating your favorite Williamsburg hipster’s handlebar mustache.

And there you have it, three options for a night of Hollywood glitz and glamour. Or you can drink like an #ORG editor and toast to a mournfully neglected cinematic masterpiece with something shaken, not stirred.

TAGS: argo | Brooks Brothers | django unchained | french 75 | golden globes | les miserables | mustache ride | of rogues and gentlemen | oscar night inspired cocktails | oscars | sad ben affleck | sazerac | skyfall

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