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.
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.
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
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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