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Cocktails toast the movies

By MICHELLE LOCKE


Left: Academy Award nominee “Crazy Heart” is the inspiration for this cocktail named Southern Heart. Right: “District 9” is the inspiration for this cocktail named Alien Cooler. (AP Photos/Larry Crowe)

Left: Academy Award nominee “Crazy Heart” is the inspiration for this cocktail named Southern Heart. Right: “District 9” is the inspiration for this cocktail named Alien Cooler. (AP Photos/Larry Crowe)

SAN FRANCISCO

Movie magic will be the toast of Tinseltown on Oscar night, and what better way to bring the festivities couch-side than with a cocktail inspired by this year’s nominees.

We asked mixologists from around the country to come up with award-worthy recipes. The results ranged from a classic cocktail that dates to the early days of flight to a bubbly concoction from the ice cream parlor featured in the family-friendly “Up.”

So, dim the lights, set out the snacks and raise your glasses up, up in the air. Hurray for Hollywood.

“Crazy Heart”

SOUTHERN HEART

Start to finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ice
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 1/2 ounces elderflower liquor
Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
Rose petals (optional)

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except the rose petals. Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass. Float fresh rose petals on top.

 

 

Recipe from mixologist Tara Shadzi at Skybar at Mondrian in Los Angeles.

“District 9”

ALIEN COOLER Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 1/2 ounces julienned cucumber
Ice
1 1/4 ounces premium vodka
3/4 ounce Veev ( or other acai berry liquer)
3/4 ounce lime juice 3/4 ounce simple syrup Club soda
Cucumber slice, to garnish

Place the julienned cucumber in a 10-ounce tall, narrow tumbler. Add ice, vodka, Veev, lime juice and simple syrup. Fill the glass with club soda. Stir to mix, then garnish with a cucumber slice on edge of glass.

Recipe from Jon Ojinaga at the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco.
 


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