Here are 9 cocktail recipes inspired from all of the films nominated for Best Motion Picture Oscar 2013…. along with a little description, and my own personal critique about them. There’s a drink here for everyone! Enjoy your Sunday night & may the best film win!
Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers
“In the final months of her life, a retired music teacher and her husband of sixty years struggle with the debilitating effects of two strokes on both her health and her quality of life. As Georges cares for the increasingly unhappy Anne, the pair finds the nature of their life together irrevocably changed.”
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake & strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
“When six Americans take refuge in the Canadian embassy in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, U.S. government agent Tony Mendez turns to Hollywood for help. Working with a producer and a makeup artist, he devises a rescue mission that centers on the creation of a fake film production company scouting locations in Iran.” (and Ben Affleck is hot. Ok, that’s not in the official description of the movie, I’m just filling you in)
1 ounce Dewar’s 12 year old Scotch
3/4 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
3/4 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 small sprig basil
Canada Dry ginger ale
Orange peel, garnish
Fresh basil, garnish
In a mixing glass, combine the scotch, St-Germain, Campari, lemon juice and basil with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve over the rocks, topped with ginger ale. Garnish with orange peel and fresh basil.
Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
“In an isolated Louisiana swampland known as the Bathtub, young Hushpuppy and her father are part of a community that lives outside of the structure of modern society. When rising flood waters threaten the area, the young girl’s resourcefulness and lively imagination are called into play as the region’s residents face the approaching disaster.” (The little girl nominated for best actress has the BEST hair!)
Beast of the Southern Wild Julep
8 to 10 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint for garnish
1 tablespoon of sugar, more or less to taste
1 1/2 ounce spring water
3 ounces Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Put the leaves in a 12 ounce cocktail glass and pour the sugar on top. Muddle them together with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. When the leaves and wet sugar begin to turn to a mushy paste, add the water and the bourbon, and stir with a fork until the sugar dissolves. Top with crushed ice, garnish with the sprig of mint
Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
“German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz buys a slave named Django and promises him his freedom once he has helped Schultz track down the criminals he is seeking. But Django has a wife who was sold off years ago, and his partnership with Schultz may offer him a chance to find her.” (Leo DeCaprio will most likely show up at the Oscar’s with a super model)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
Muddle, then shake and strain into a tall glass, topped with soda water. Garnish with lemongrass and a slice of mango and sprig of mint.
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
“In early 19th century France, Jean Valjean, a man imprisoned years earlier for stealing a loaf of bread, decides to break his parole following his release and assume a new identity. Although he succeeds in building a new life for himself, the relentless pursuit of Inspector Javert threatens the security of Valjean and his adopted daughter, Cosette.” And I really happen to think Anne Hathaway’s best role was in Princess Diaries. She finally has her moment to shine. Hugh Jackman is hot too.
1 part Grey Goose Vodka
½ part dry Vermouth
1 wedge freshly squeezed lemon juice
Splash of ginger ale
Fill a wine glass with ice, begin creating your perfect musical.
Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
“Young Pi, the son of zookeepers in Pondicherry, India, finds the world he knows swept away when his family sells the zoo and sets sail for Canada with a few of its remaining animals. A storm capsizes the ship and only Pi escapes, set adrift in a lifeboat that is also the refuge of an enormous Bengal tiger.” (I want a Bengal tiger after seeing this movie)
1 1/2 ounces Shellback Silver Rum
1 ounce Light Orange Juice
1 ounce Light Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1/4 ounce Lemon Juice Lemon or Grapefruit Twist
Margarita salt for the rim of the glass
Blend all ingredients in blender. Pour into glass with margarita salt on the rim.
Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
“With the Civil War coming to a close and the freedom granted to the slaves by the Emancipation Proclamation called into question, Abraham Lincoln seeks to pass a thirteenth amendment to the Constitution that will outlaw slavery everywhere in the United States. Facing opposition from many quarters in Congress, Lincoln uses his vast political powers to gain allies in his fight.” (Remember Daniel Day Lewis in The Last of the Mohecans? Yeah, me too)
1 ½ oz Bourbon
3 dashes simple syrup (equal parts water & sugar syrup)
2 dashes Orange Curacao
2 dashes Orange Bitters
1 dash Absinthe
Splash of Club Soda
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Top with club soda.
Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Pat Solatano is released into his parents’ care after eight months of treatment for a bipolar disorder. His recovery seems far from certain, however, when he stops taking his medication and becomes increasingly obsessed with winning back his estranged wife, a plan that leads him to embark on a complicated relationship with a troubled young woman whose husband has died.” (I’ll just put it out there cause you’re thinking it already, Bradley Cooper=My imaginary boyfriend)
1 ½ oz Patrón Silver
½ oz Agave Nectar
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon fresh ginger
3 spears of fresh pineapple
Crystalized ginger peel for garnish
Lemon twist for garnish
In a shaker, add lime juice, ginger, and pineapple. Muddle and add the rest of the ingredients and ice, then shake. Strain into an old fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with a crystallized ginger peel and pineapple wedge
Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers
“In the aftermath of 9/11, as the trail in the hunt for Osama bin Laden seems to grow cold, a determined CIA agent begins a painstaking, decade-long search for the Al Qaeda leader. For Maya, direct experience of terrorism steels her resolve to find Bin Laden and leads her to trust her own instincts regarding the best course of investigation to pursue.” (Bin Laden- buh bye)
1 oz. Midori Melon Liqeur
2 oz. dry ginger ale
Juice from 2 lime wedges
Pour over ice and serve in a low ball glass.