The Oscars are just days away, but if you’re still worried about what drinks to serve at your viewing party, we’ve got you covered!
If you can’t make it to Gerber Group’s free viewing parties at The Roof at Viceroy New York or Stone Rose Lounge in New York City this Sunday, try making the below cocktails at home instead — they’re inspired by some of this year’s Best Picture nominees!
Theory of Everything
Ingredients: 1.5 oz Stoli, 1 oz. Singani, .5 oz lemon, .75 oz simple, muddled strawberries.
Preparation: Mix ingredients in a coup topped with Prosecco and garnish with a mint leaf!
Inspiration: The Theory of Everything tells the beautiful story of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. The cocktail uses vodka, strawberries and brandy to tell of the sweetness, yet sophistication, of the couple and their unique relationship with each other. The drink is topped with wine and a mint leaf to further represent the couple’s air of intelligence.
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Woodford Reserve, .5 oz Fresh Lime, .25 oz Demerara, .75 oz. Apricot Liquor, 3 dashes Angastora.
Preparation: Serve this on the rocks with a spoonful of Laphroaig float.
Inspiration: Selma tells the story of the historical 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr., which acted as the main passage to equal voting rights for African Americans. The Selma cocktail’s main ingredient, Woodford Reserve bourbon whiskey, is a homage to the Deep South, having originated in Shively, Kentucky.
Ingredients: Muddle 1 orange slice, 1 oz. JP Wispers RYe, 1 oz. Jager Spice, .5 oz. Fresh lemon juice
Preparation: Shake ingredients and pour over fresh ice in a rox glass with a sugar rim.
Inspiration: The Imitation Game focuses on the life of British cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing, who is best known for cracking Nazi Germany’s naval Enigma code. This cocktail’s main ingredient, JP Wiser’s Rye, a Canadian rye whiskey, represents an “imitation” — it does not taste like a regular American whiskey, but has a sweeter effect that is not at all expected, much like the Enigma codes. The cocktail has notes of lemon juice and Jager to pack the full punch of World War II’s deepest secrets.
Grand Budapest Hotel
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. cinnamon infused Casamigos Blanco, .75 oz apricot liquor, .5 oz fresh lime
Preparation: Pour into a rocks glass with a half-salted and cinnamon rim.
Inspiration: At The Grand Budapest Hotel, Monsieur Gustave H. is being framed for murder. Believing he did not commit the crime, one of his hotel employees, Young Zero Moustafa, teams up with him in order to prove his innocence to the rest of the staff. However, it’s difficult to know who who to trust at the hotel when lies and secrets are abound. This cocktail features a balance of cinnamon tequila and sweet apricot liquor, which leaves both a guilty and innocent taste.
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Old Forrester, .5 oz Benedictine, 2 shots of bitters, .25 oz Demerara.
Preparation: Serve in a rocks glass with orange twist placed like a “v” on top.
Inspiration: The Birdman cocktail is liquid form of Michael Keaton’s character in the namesake film. Much like Keaton’s real life, having played Batman in 1989, his character, Riggan Thompson, has already seen his fame in Hollywood and is now trying to pave his way on Broadway. The drink’s mix of bourbon whiskey is a nod to his past fame, while the sweeter accents of Demerara leave you wondering whether he really left all of his fame in the past. Finally, there’s a “v” shaped orange twist on top to resemble Birdman’s iconic wings.