5 Cocktail Ideas for Your 2015 Oscars Viewing Party

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Read on to discover 5 cocktail recipes perfect for an Oscars party!


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Grand Budapest Hotel Special

This vodka-based cocktail is fun, best-pic-nominee-inspired riff on a classic Negroni. Bar consultant, craft cocktail creator and TED-Talk alumni, Kat Dunn (formerly of The Lion in New York City and Fish & Game in Hudson, NY) used Zubrowka vodka to reference the fictional town where best-picture nominee, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is based. The drink also features an herbal digestive from Hungary that’s purportedly good for the stomach and made from licorice, clove, cardamom and orange peel. We’re pretty sure Wes Anderson would approve—and so will your film buff friends.

Recipe:

1.5 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
.75 oz Zwack Digestiv (or Amaro Ramazotti)
.75 Dolin Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir for 40 rotations. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel after expressing the oils.

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The Theory of Everything...Tequila

Fun fact: Sunday marks not only the advent of the 87th annual Academy Awards, it’s also National Margarita Day. Celebrate both with this vitamin-packed take on everyone’s favorite tequila-based cocktail from Micaela Piccolo, the head bartender at TriBeCa’s Distilled New York. Fresh papaya adds color, nutrients, and a tropical, fresh flavor; the tequila gives it top-shelf—and A-list—status.

Recipe:

Slice of Fresh Papaya
1/4 oz. Agave Nectar
1 1/4 oz. Avión Añejo
1/2 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. Orange Juice
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with Fresh Papaya

Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to your mixing glass. The amount of nectar you add depends on how sweet you like your cocktails, but usually about a teaspoon will do the trick. Muddle to release the papaya flavor. Add 1 1/4 ounces of Avión Añejo, 1/2 ounce each of Aperol and orange juice. Then, top them off with 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice. Add ice and give it a good shake. Strain over ice, and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya.

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Big Hero Punch

Created by mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, president of the US Bartenders’ Guild New York chapter and creative director of Seamstress, a cool new bar on New York’s Upper East Side, this playful punch brings together everything we love: fresh fruit juices, bubbly, and—oh, yes—a bottle of aged rum. Plus, since you make it in one big batch, hours before that first celebrity stiletto hits the stage, this drink is perfect for keeping a big crowd buzzing (at least through the opening act).

Recipe:

1 liter bottle Caliche Rum
1 bottle of sparkling wine
16 oz of Ruby port
12 oz curaçao liquor
12 oz fresh squeezed and strained orange juice
12 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
8 oz fresh squeezed strained lemon juice
8 oz light agave nectar
1 large block of ice

For garnish: 1 cup of hulled and sliced strawberries, 2 large lemons pitted and sliced and a handful of mint leafs.

In a large punch bowl combine the Caliche, port, curaçao, fruit juices and agave nectar, stir until well incorporated, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve add the ice and garnishes to the bowl, gently stir in the champagne. Serve in small punch cups.​

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Imitation Game-Changer

It may be the dead of winter, but there’s no need to wait until summer—or your next island vacation—to indulge your guests with the ultimate beach-side cocktail: The Piña Colada. This inventive reboot from Laura Turenne, who oversees the wine and cocktail program at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, uses sake in addition to coconut rum, as well as fresh, pureed (enzyme-loaded) pineapple, and has one third of the calories as the regular version. Cheers!

Recipe:

1 ounce Coconut Rum
1 ounce Nigori Coconut Sake
1/2 ounce puree of ripened pineapple
Splash fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled one-third full of ice. Shake to combine and create a slight froth; strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with toasted coconut shavings or a thin wedge of pineapple.

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Birdman-hattan

If you’re looking to serve a sophisticated drink in keeping with the evening’s main attraction, you can’t go wrong with a classic Manhattan. But if you strive to go one better, try serving this seasonally inspired upgrade from Sarah Sutel Looper, beverage director at two NYC restaurants, Mas (farmhouse) and Almanac. Looper’s cocktails feature local, in-season ingredients, like the salted, antioxidant-rich maple syrup she uses to add a hint of sweetness and salinity to her Oscar night pick.

Recipe:

2 oz Old Overholt Rye
1/2 oz Salted Maple Syrup*
1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters

To make Salted Maple Syrup dilute 1 cup maple syrup with 1 cup hot water. Add kosher or sea salt to taste. Let cool. Stir all ingredients with fresh ice until desired dilution. Pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with three cherries.

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Popping a bottle of bubbly is fine and all, but to really make your guests feel like red carpet royalty at your Oscars party, try serving one of these spirited, (relatively) good-for-you options instead. From an upgraded Manhattan to a vitamin-infused margarita, these drinks--all of which have been created for SELF--have future-award-winner written all over them.

Check out the slideshow above for 5 cocktail ideas for your party this year!

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