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These Cocktails Are Perfect For The Oscar Best Picture Nominees

Toast your favorite Best Picture nominee with some of these cocktails. Everyone knows that an Oscar party has to be classy.

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The Big Short--Whiskey Sour

The Big Short tells the biographical story of the economic collapse in 2008. The climate at the time was certainly sour. Toast to the movie by enjoying a whiskey sour.

Here is a recipe from Epicurious:


2 or 3 ounces whiskey

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 or 1 teaspoon superfine sugar

3 or 4 ice cubes

1 orange or lemon slice or peel

Maraschino cherry

Combine all ingredients except the fruit slice or peel and cherry in a cocktail shaker

Shake vigorously

Strain into a sour or Delmonico glass

Garnish with the fruit and cherry.

Bridge of Spies--Gin and Sin

The Sin and Gin became popular in the 1950s, the same decade that Bridge of Spies takes place in. Toast the spies with this gin-based cocktail.

Here is the tasteful recipe from Not Without Salt:


11/2 ozs gin

1 oz orange juice

1 oz lemon juice

1/2 tsp grenadine syrup

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients

Shake well

Strain into a cocktail glass

Or serve over ice

Brooklyn--Irish Coffee

In the movie Brooklyn, young Ellis Lacey makes her way from Ireland to Brooklyn in the 1950s. Get into the Irish spirit and wake yourself up with an Irish coffee.

Here is a classic Irish recipe that comes from Dutch Kills, a bar in New York, featured on Chow Hound:


2 tablespoons Demerara or turbinado sugar

3 ounces Irish whiskey

4 ounces freshly made espresso

4 ounces water

3 ounces heavy cream

2 fresh mint leaves, for garnishing (optional)

Place 4 teaspoons of the sugar, the whiskey, espresso, and water in a small saucepan

Stir to combine

Set over low heat and stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes

Place the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and the cream in a medium bowl

Whisk until the cream thickens and the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes

Transfer the hot coffee mixture to two 8-ounce heatproof glasses or mugs

Top with a heaping spoonful of the whipped cream

Serve immediately

Mad Max--Cuba Special

To place yourself in the crazy, brutal world of Mad Max, try this sweet, but strong cocktail called a Cuba Special, especially if you like rum. An explosion of good times awaits.

Here is the recipe off of Cocktail Flow:


2¼ parts white rum

1 part Orange Curacao

1 dash lime juice

1 dash pineapple juice


Add ice to the shaker

Pour ingredients into the shaker

Shake well

Strain into the cocktail glass

Garnish with cocktail cherry

The Martian--Cosmopolitan

What else can you drink to celebrate The Martian except the classic Cosmopolitan? This sweet, vodka and cranberry-infused drink will make you see those stars surrounding the red planet.

Here is a simple recipe from the Food Network:


Ice cubes

1 1/2 fluid ounces lemon vodka

1 fluid ounce Cointreau

1 fluid ounce cranberry juice

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Long thin piece orange zest

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice

Add the vodka, Cointreau, and cranberry and lime juices

Cover and shake vigorously to combine and chill

Strain the cosmopolitan into a chilled martini glass

Twist the orange zest over the drink and serve

The Revenant--Old Fashioned


To be as daring and straight-to-the-point as Hugh Glass in The Revenant, try the Old Fashioned. The Old Fashioned likely dates back to the 1800s, when The Revenant takes place. This strong, bourbon-based drink will get your blood flowing...just watch out for any bears.

Here is a classic recipe from


4 dashes Angostura bitters

1 tsp Sugar

1 Orange wheel

1 Maraschino cherry

1 splash Club soda

2 oz Bourbon

In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda

Remove the orange rind

Add the bourbon

Fill with ice

Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry

The Room--Chocolate Martini

Cocktail Flow

Ma and Jack love the chocolates that Old Nick brings them. The love between the title characters is sweet too. Celebrate the movie Room with a chocolate martini.

Here is a sweet recipe from Cocktail Flow:


4 parts vodka

2 parts White Crème de Cacao

1 splash chocolate syrup

ice cubes

Fill up the shaker with ice cubes

Pour White Crème de Cacao vodka into the shaker

Shake well

Strain into the glass

Garnish with chocolate sauce

Spotlight--The Journalist

Svend Lindbaek

No better cocktail exists to toast the journalists of the Boston Globe in the movie Spotlight.

Here is great recipe from


Juice of 1/2 lime

1 tsp. sugar

1 splash apricot brandy

½ c. apricot puree (blend fresh apricots)

1 splash triple sec

1½ oz. Bacardi light rum

1 twist of lime

Dried apricots, for garnish

Slice of lime, for garnish

Shake all ingredients over ice

Strain into a glass

Garnish with skewered dried apricots and a slice of lime.

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