This drink is part of my series of Oscar Cocktails inspired by the 2015 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. See all of my Oscar Cocktails here.
American Sniper is based on the story of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in the Iraq War. The film is this year's biggest box-office hit among the Best Picture nominees. It is nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director (Clint Eastwood) and Actor (Bradley Cooper).
One of Kyle's happiest moments in the film is the night he meets his wife in a bar. They drink whiskey together, so for the American Sniper Oscar Cocktail, I wanted a cocktail they could have shared that night. Given that the film is about a sniper, I did a shot version, although I prefer the drink chilled and served up.
Oscar Cocktails: American Sniper
1 oz. rye whiskey (Bulleit)
1/2 oz. Jägermeister
1/4 oz. orange liqueur (Combier)
1/4 oz. Islay single malt Scotch (Laphroaig Quarter Cask)
Shot: Combine whiskey, Jägermeister, orange liqueur and Scotch in a tall shot glass (add the Scotch last). Chill, if desired.
Up: Combine whiskey, Jägermeister, orange liqueur in a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and diluted. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Float the Scotch on top. No garnish.
2015 Oscar Cocktails