Thursday, February 27, 2014

Oscar Cocktails 2014: All the Recipes

Oscar Cocktails

Here, in one place, are the recipes for all 10 of this year's Oscar Cocktails, with links to the original posts if you want the story for each drink, plus the recipe photos at the bottom. Cheers! Raise a glass to your favorite film as you watch the Oscars this Sunday night on ABC.

American Hustle: Looks and even tastes like a Pimm's Cup but is actually a forgery made with other ingredients.

1/2 oz. American dry gin
1/2 oz. sloe gin
1/2 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz. Orange cognac liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
3 dashes orange bitters
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Cucumber slices and mint leaves (garnish)
Club soda

Combine gin, sloe gin, Campari, Chartreuse, orange liqueur, orange bitters and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Fill a collins glass with ice layered with a few slices of cucumber and mint leaves. Strain mixture into glass, top with club soda and stir to combine. Serve garnished with a cucumber slice and mint sprig.

Captain Phillips: (Captain) Morgan Rum plus (Phillips) Screwdriver ingredients is the formula for this cocktail sweetened with a Somali-spiced syrup.

1 1/2 oz. Captain Morgan spiced rum
3 1/2 oz. orange juice
3/4 oz. Somali spice syrup (see recipe below)
2 dashes orange bitters
Orange wedge, for garnish

Combine rum, orange juice, spice syrup and orange bitters in a rocks glass with ice. Stir well until combined. Garnish with orange wedge.

Somali Spice Syrup

½  tsp. cumin seeds
2 tbsp cardamom pods
1 tsp cloves
1 cinnamon stick, broke in half
¾ cup water
¾ cup sugar

Toast cumin seeds in a saucepan until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and increase heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow mixture to cool in pan and strain out spices. Transfer to a container to chill in the refrigerator.

Dallas Buyers Club: a Gin & Tonic riff inspired by Ron Woodruff's quest for better treatments to improve his health and prolong his life.

1 1/2 oz. barrel-aged gin
1/2 oz. ginger liqueur
3 oz. tonic water
Lime wedge garnish

Add gin, ginger liqueur and tonic to a rocks glass with ice. Stir to combine and garnish with lime wedge.

Gravity: Made to look like outer space with enough booze to make you feel weightless. 

1 oz. sloe gin
3/4 oz. Kahlua
3/4 oz. blue curaçao
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Lemon zest

Combine sloe gin, Kahlua, blue curaçao and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir until mixed and cold then strain into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle with lemon zest.

Her: Gin cocktail inspired by the film's colorful production design and refreshing take on modern relationships.

1 oz gin
½ oz Aperol
½ oz Campari
½ oz ginger liqueur
2 oz. Italian lemon soda (San Pelligrino limonata)
Lemon wheel
Rosemary sprig

Combine gin, Aperol, Campari, ginger liqueur, and lemon soda in a rocks glass with ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with lemon wheel and rosemary sprig.

Nebraska: Beer cocktail with moonshine and other ingredients inspired by the film's namesake state.

4-5 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 oz. fresh lemon juice (juice from 1/2 lemon)
1 oz. moonshine
1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 tsp. honey
6 oz. American pale ale

Add mint leaves and lemon juice to a shaker and muddle. Add ice, moonshine, St. Germain and honey and shake well until cold and mixed. Strain into a highball glass with ice. Add beer and stir to combine. Garnish with mint sprig.

Philomena: A cold dessert cocktail riff on Irish Coffee inspired by the film's connection to Ireland and America.

1 oz. bourbon
1 oz. Bailey's Irish cream
1 oz. Kahlua
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Cinnamon stick (garnish)

Combine bourbon, Irish cream, Kahlua, vanilla and chocolate bitters in a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir until combined and very cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

12 Years a Slave: Saratoga cocktail modified to represent Solomon Northup's journey from freedom to slavery.

Absinthe, scant amount
1 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. apple brandy
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1/2 lemon wheel (garnish)

Rinse a chilled coupe glass with absinthe. Combine whiskey, sweet vermouth, apple brandy and angostura bitters in a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir until combined and chilled, then strain into the chilled coupe. Garnish with lemon wheel.

The Wolf of Wall Street: Like a shady business deal, this is a vodka martini tinted green like money and sweetened with a little powder (sugar, that is).

1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. green chartreuse
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. powdered sugar
Lemon twist (garnish)

Combine vodka, green chartreuse, dry vermouth, lemon juice and powdered sugar in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

(Bonus) Blue Jasmine: A blue, jasmine-flavored Stoli martini inspired by the movie's title and main character, Jasmine.

2 1/2 oz. jasmine tea-infused Stolichnaya Stoli Citrus vodka (see below)
1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz. blue curaçao
Lemon twist

Combine tea-infused vodka, Lillet Blanc and blue curaçao in a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir until mixed and very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

To infuse vodka: Combine 3 oz. vodka with 1 jasmine green tea teabag and allow to steep for 12 minutes. Discard tea bag.

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Oscar Cocktails American Hustle

Oscar Cocktails Captain Phillips

Oscar Cocktails Dallas Buyers Club

Oscar Cocktails Gravity

Oscar Cocktails Her

Oscar Cocktails Nebraska

Oscar Cocktails Philomena

Oscar Cocktails 12 Years a Slave

Oscar Cocktails The Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar Cocktails Blue Jasmine

1 comment:

  1. I love these! What an amazing collection of drinks and such fun to see them all in one post. Love your descriptions too. Someone hand Cook In Dine Out a gold statue for these clever recipes.