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.
Start to finish: 5 minutes
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.
ALIEN COOLER Start to finish: 5 minutes
1 1/2 ounces julienned cucumber
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.