Best Picture-Inspired Cocktails for Your Oscar Awards Party

Host an Oscars party that rivals the main event with these on-brand drinks.

February 22, 2019 5:00 am
Oscars party drinks
Host an Oscars party that rivals the main event with these cocktails. (Barbara Munker/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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We get it, your invitation to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s house to watch the Oscars got lost in the mail — it’s probably wherever your invite to Vanity Fair‘s after-party ended up.

So it’s really great of you to so selflessly host all your friends for an Academy Awards gathering that rivals all the evening’s star-studded events — especially with a slew of cleverly themed cocktails.

Whether you’re rooting for Bradley Cooper and A Star is Born to snag a statue — especially after the academy snubbed him out of a Best Director nom — or you’re leaning more towards Alfonso Cuarón’s foreign language darling, Roma, to take home the night’s biggest award — there’s a drink for that.

Speaking of the Mexican movie from Netflix, why not serve up a pitcher of Roma tomato Bloody Marys. No judgment if this fits in perfectly with your pre-Oscars brunch, but remember, it’s a marathon that will likely run over its three-hour timeframe, not a sprint.

The appropriately named Fade to Black is perfect for those rooting for Black Panther to take home Hollywood’s top honor. The trick here is finding a bit of activated charcoal to give it a deep, inky color. But if all else fails, muddled blackberries will get it close enough.

oscars party drinks
The Limelight was created by the bartenders at New York City’s Ocean Prime restaurant and bar.
Stuart Tyson

Interested in getting a little more creative? Why not party like a rock star with a nod to that Lady Gaga flick called “The Limelight,” a cocktail concocted by the mixologists at New York City’s Ocean Prime.


¾ oz Cointreau

1 oz Blanco Tequila

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 Shake Edible Pearlescent Powder

1 bar spoon Simple Syrup

Splash Sparkling Wine

First off, don’t panic over the edible pearl dust because you can find it on Amazon for about $8. And, if you’re one of the last remaining people without access to Prime, this simply means that your drink will be a little less Star-y and luminous in appearance but the taste won’t suffer.

Then, fill a shaker with ice and pour in each of your ingredients. Shake it up and strain into a chilled champagne flute, leaving room at the top for a splash of sparkling wine. Garnish with lime and enjoy.

oscars party drinks
The Queen’s Favourite is a nod form Ocean Prime to the multi-nominated movie starring Olivia Colman.
Stuart Tyson

If you and your friends prefer something a little bit more moody, give Ocean Prime’s “The Queen’s Favourite” — obviously inspired by the heavily-nominated The Favourite — a shake.


¾ oz Cointreau

1 ½ oz Remy Martin VSOP Cognac

1 ½ oz Pineapple Juice

¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Fresh Nutmeg

Shake up all of your ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled with even more ice. Grate some fresh nutmeg over the top, garnish with a deep red cherry and savor maliciously.


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