Best Picture Cocktails

Planning a party to watch the Oscars on March 7? Consider mixing cocktails in honor of a few or even all of the films nominated for Best Picture this year. Not just any cocktails: film-appropriate cocktails!

» FLYING BLUE DRAGON RECIPE

The blue-curaçao hue of the Navi people in Avatar may look a little frightening, as does this cocktail at first glance. But a few sips, and the spiced Velvet Falernum will give you enough courage to travel by dragon.

» MARTINOWITZ RECIPE

Larry Gopnik’s life in A Serious Man seems pretty miserable. After unsuccessful therapy sessions with three different rabbis and bad news from his doctor, Larry could use an elixir. We would prescribe him a Martinowitz—a gin martini straight up, dirtied with a kosher dill pickle.

» EXPLODING SIDECAR RECIPE

Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, about an Army bomb squad unit in Iraq, calls for a drink that sparks the palate and detonates the senses.

Inglourious Basterds get a 20-milliliter shot of Underberg, the German bitters.

» BLOODY MARY WITH PICKLED PRAWNS RECIPE

In District 9, crustaceanlike alien “prawns” are held captive in Johannesburg. Prawns suffering in captivity? A Bloody Mary with pickled prawns only seemed appropriate.

» THE UNIVERSITEA RECIPE

In An Education, while Jenny struggles with growing up, her tastes mature beyond her suburban upbringing. Our Earl Grey iced tea, subtly sweetened with lavender-thyme syrup, has a little Paris, a little Oxford, and a lot of virginity.

» GOLD IN HARLEM RECIPE

Claireece Jones, the lead character in Precious, fantasizes about a glamorous life filled with hot clothes, hot boys, and lots of money to escape her bitter Harlem reality. This cocktail, a little bubbly with a dose of gold flakes, offers a taste of the good life.

» TENNESSEE TEA(M) RECIPE

In honor of the Baltimore Ravens football player from Tennessee and the family that transformed his life (as depicted in The Blind Side), we concocted the Tennessee Tea(m). This drink is based on a Tennessee Tea, usually made with Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Triple Sec, sweet-and-sour mix, and Coke. In this version, we substituted lemon juice for the sweet-and-sour mix and beer for the Coke.

» AVIATION COCKTAIL RECIPE

Pairing a cocktail with Up in the Air, a story about an isolated frequent flyer who lays people off for a living, was a no-brainer. We’d serve Ryan Bingham something strong: an Aviation, mostly gin with a touch of lemon juice and maraschino liqueur. If only we could all rest Aviations on our drop-down trays.

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