Each year, millions of Americans gear up for the annual Academy Awards ceremony. Some just watch for the hit-or-miss fashions, others are truly interested in the quality of winning films.
Regardless of the reason you may be tuning into the Oscars, watching the ceremony with friends or family makes the occasion infinitely more enjoyable. Up your Oscar ante with these five cocktails, based on five of the ten films nominated for Best Picture this year.
Alien Secretion Cocktail
Succumb to the alien sting with this infectiously delicious cocktail. Break through the alien skin to expose the foaming texture below.
Film Inspiration: District 9
Description: Look carefully; the green secretion lurking in the cocktail could speed up this deadly transformation.
Highlight Ingredient(s): gelatin disc and coconut rum
2 Oz Coconut Rum
4 Oz Pineapple Juice
1 Tbsp Midori
Oz plain gelatin (4 5oz. packages)
1 Cup coconut rum (cold)
1 Cup pineapple juice (cold)
2 Cup(s) boiling water
Mix rum and pineapple juice with ice in a shaker, shake until cold and foamy. Pour into a tall narrow-mouthed glass until almost full.
Using the back edge of a spoon, gently pour the Midori into the glass so it sinks below the foamed pineapple juice creating a green lower layer. Seal with alien disc. (Directions below)
Combine rum and pineapple juice and sprinkle gelatin over cold mixture and let set for a few minutes.
Add boiling water and stir until fully dissolved (5 mins.)
Pour into shallow flat bottom glass pans 1/4 in thick. Chill over night.
Place pan of set gelatin in hot water for a few seconds to loosen from the edges and invert onto a plate lined with wax paper.
Cut into circles slightly larger than the mouth of the glass. Store in refrigerator on trays lined with wax paper until use.
The bright colors, tasty flavors and fun display make for an ideal party punch. So, become one with the Na'Vi people of Pandora with this one-of-a-kind mock-cocktail (non-alcoholic and kid friendly!).
In honor of the hit film Avatar, I came up with this colorful conoction. It's great to sip while watching any movie awards show, but I also love it for parties of any sort.
A mix of fruit-infused flavors soars the taste buds to new heights with a green slushy center surrounded with grape juice and rimmed with pop rock candy. Turn out the lights for an extra-terrestrial treat: the stir stick glows-in-the-dark!
Highlight ingredient(s): Glow stir stick and pop rock candy rim
Adult version: add 1 ounce of tequila to lime Popsicle blend
A fiesta glass
1 lime popsicle
4 ounces of grape juice
Watermelon "Pop Rocks" candy
A lemon wedge
Moisten the rim of a fiesta glass with lemaon juice and dredge the edge in pink pop rocks.
Blend the Popsicle with a hand mixer.
Pile blended lime pop into center of the pre-rimmed glass.
Float grape juice around glass. Add a green glow stick as a stir stick.
Like LT Aldo Raine, Brad Pitt's character from Inglourious Basterds, this cocktail is all about the bitters.
Film Inspiration: Inglouurious Basterds
Description: A hearty mix of Cognac, orange bitters and a covert spritz of Absinthe proves to put a kick back into any soldier's step.
Highlight Ingredient(s):bitters & Absinthe
This cocktail looks harmless, but it packs an explosive punch. Proceed with caution!
Film Inspiration: The Hurt Locker
Description: This crystal-clear beverage camouflages any trace of the spirits within. An otherwise potent combination of vodka, gin, tequila and rum gets a cinematic twist with lemon-lime soda and a splash of white cranberry juice. Don't let this drink fool you, it only looks harmless.
Highlight Ingredient(s):4 clear liqueurs, lemon-lime soda and White Cranberry Juice
Let this cocktail ease your fear of flying. Complete with your in flight snack, you'll feel like a platinum awards point member.
Film Inspiration: Up in the Air
Description: Named for the multiplicated sum of proofs in each ingredient, the Mile High is composed of equal parts Southern Comfort and Bacardi 151. Don't forget your complimentary airline snack: a pretzel stick with a top coat of peanuts.
Highlight Ingredient(s): peanut-coated pretzel stick and mini bottles of alcoholFor Pretzel Stick -