Friday, February 15, 2008

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere- Best Picture Edition

Because the Oscars are a big deal, even if this year everyone was confused as to how they would go down, here is a really fun idea

The Polo Lounge, that venerable dining establishment inside the Beverly Hills Hotel, is once again toasting the best-picture nominees with a special menu of Oscar-themed cocktails.”

And here they are- maybe you can mix them up for your Oscar parties (for recipes that weren't easily available you can as always, just wing it

No Country for Old Men: the Blood and Sand
3/4 oz Johnny Walker Red,
3/4 oz rosso vermouth
1/4 oz cherry brandy
1 1/2 oz orange juice

Shake over ice cubes, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve
“Enough of those should give you a hangover that feels like a bolt-stunner to the melon.”

"The Juno drink is named for the frozen treat our hero upchucks into her stepmother's urn:" th Blue Slushee
2 oz Stoli raspberry,
2 oz blue curacao,
fill with lemonade,
blended with ice.

"There Will Be Blood's potable does not involve a milkshake. Rather, it's Texas Tea":
2 oz tequila
2 oz rum
2 oz vodka
2 oz gin
2 oz bourbon whiskey
2 oz triple sec
2 oz sweet and sour mix
splash with Coke

Fill a 1 gallon pitcher with ice. Add all the ingredients except the coca-cola. Stir, then add the coca-cola and stir again. Pour into your favorite glass with ice and enjoy.

For Michael Clayton, the Fixer:
(3/4 oz) amaretto,
(1 oz) cognac,
(1 oz) cherry brandy
and cream.
Strained over ice and served in a martini glass

inspired by Atonement the Bound by Love,
containing sloe gin,
lemon juice
and an egg white,
shaken with ice and served up.

And even though it didn’t get the nod it deserved Defamer speculated that the Diving Bell and the Butterfly drink would be the Paralyser
1/2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Kahlua® Coffee Liqueur
4 oz Light Cream
4 1/2 oz Coca-Cola®

Pour tequilla, vodka and kahlua over ice in a collins glass
Half-fill with coke, and top with light cream or milk
Stir gently with a straw, and serve

And if you’re wondering this was last year’s cocktail menu:

The Nightcap for Good Night, and Good Luck, the ode to TV newsman Edward R. Murrow:
1 oz Kahlua
1 Dash Nutmeg
6 oz Milk
1 tsp Powdered Sugar

Heat milk
Add sugar
Add Kahlua
Nutmeg on top
Sleep tight

"Then there is the tongue-in-cheeky Jolly Rancher, the potable in honor of the gay Western romance Brokeback Mountain
2 oz vodka
1 oz Midori® melon liqueur
cranberry juice
Pour vodka and melon liqueur into a cocktail shaker, and fill with cranberry juice. Shake, pour over ice in a highball glass, and serve

In Cold Bloody Martini for Capote (a bloody mary with Absolut Citron and Absolut Peppar).
1 1/2 oz vodka
3 oz tomato juice
1 dash lemon juice
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 - 3 drops Tabasco® sauce
1 lime wedge
Shake all ingredients (except lime wedge) with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the wedge of lime and serve.

The Olympian for the vengeance drama Munich
2 oz dark rum,
2 oz cherry brandy
fill with lime juice

"One could question The Carjacker (a highly potent variation on the Long Island with vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, sour mix and fresh orange juice) as making light of the racial conflicts that drive Crash. But one intoxicating sip will likely wash away any concerns.
1 part vodka
1 part tequila
1 part rum
1 part gin
1 part triple sec
1 1/2 parts sweet and sour mix
1 splash Orange juice

Mix ingredients together over ice in a glass. Pour into a shaker and give one brisk shake. Pour back into the glass and make sure there is a touch of fizz at the top. Garnish with lemon.

Salute. To Oscar.

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