Monday, February 4, 2013

Oscar Cocktails: The Life of Pi

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, an adaptation of the celebrated Yann Martel novel, tells the story of Pi Patel, a boy who survives a terrible shipwreck and crosses the ocean on a life raft with a Bengal tiger. The film is nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay.

The Life of Pi cocktail seeks to evoke the film visually: the bright blue expanse of the open ocean rimmed with sea salt and an orange twist floating in the middle like the tiger on Pi’s raft. And the liquid ingredients equal 3.14 oz., a nod to the film’s title (if you’re not sure why that’s relevant, here’s a little math lesson).

Oscar Cocktails: The Life of Pi

Fine sea salt or kosher salt
1.5 oz. light rum
.64 oz. blue curaçao
.5 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. lime juice (plus more for the glass rim)
Orange twist

Wet the rim of a chilled coupe with lime juice. Spread salt on a plate and twist the glass rim-down in the salt to coat the rim. Combine rum, blue curaçao and lime juice in shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Strain into salt-rimmed coupe. Garnish with orange twist.

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  1. What a clever recipe -- and what a pretty drink. Nice job!

  2. Thank you. I really wanted this one to be appealing visually, since that's such a big part of the movie's appeal. It doesn't hurt that it's also a tasty drink.