Whether you’re hosting an Oscar party this year or just tuning in to the ceremony in your PJs from the deepest corner of the couch, a thematic Oscars drink can only enhance the Academy Awards experience. So, continuing a Chowhound tradition, here are nine Oscar cocktails inspired by the 2020 Best Picture nominees.
There are very minor spoilers below, but nothing that should ruin any of the movies you might not have seen! Still, proceed with caution if you don’t like to know any details.
“Ford v Ferrari” — Whiskey Negroni
Italian Campari and American rye whiskey seem like they’d compete for dominance, which would be fitting, but with the addition of sweet vermouth they blend beautifully in the glass. And since this cocktail is on the bitter side, you won’t race to finish it, which is a good thing when it comes to drinks. Get our Boulevardier Whiskey Negroni recipe.
“The Irishman” — Little Italy
Were you expecting Irish coffee? It’s a fine choice, but a bit on the nose. We thought about a couple other evocatively named drinks, including The Fedora and the Scofflaw, but since New York City’s Little Italy is such a pivotal location in the film, we’ll go with that. It helps that it’s delicious—essentially, a Manhattan with the Angostura bitters replaced by Cynar (bet you never saw that coming). Get our Little Italy Cocktail recipe.
Cynar Liqueur, $28.99+ on Drizly
This artichoke-based liqueur is an Italian original
“Jojo Rabbit” — Kalimoxto
During a memorable dinner scene in this much-discussed movie, Scarlett Johannson’s character tells her son she’s “just going to chew on [some] grapes.” So a wine cocktail is an obvious choice—and our white wine-based Crimean Cocktail happens to share a name with a major offensive during WWII, making it extra thematically appropriate. That said, a Kalimoxto—a simple but divisive mixture of red wine and Coke—not only mirrors the character’s dinner/drink of choice, but seems to perfectly pay homage to the inherently controversial nature of the film.
“Joker” — Touch of Evil
It was sorely tempting to go with our Copa Verde cocktail here; it’s bright green and the addition of avocado feels fairly subversive, but also maybe it’s a little too much like guacamole? Enter this Touch of Evil Cocktail recipe. Not only does it have a fitting name, it sports a burst of red (thanks to rhubarb syrup, which also lends a tart shock of flavor) and a bright green garnish. The licorice-scented absinthe won’t actually lead to insanity, but it will keep you on your toes.
“Little Women” — Poinsettia Punch
You could pay homage to Amy’s love of pickled limes with a lime-spiked mint ice tea, but our cranberry-orange Poinsettia Punch recipe feels better for this still-cold season. Besides, it’s spiked with Champagne, the Oscar drink of choice. And furthermore, it feels like it would be right at home with the lavish Christmas spread the Marsh sisters marvel over in the movie.
“Marriage Story” — Gin and Bitters
Our Gin and Bitters recipe is barely a recipe, but it’s a fitting thing to sip in honor of this divorce drama. It’s undeniably bitter, but it’s also surprisingly complex. No promises on how well it pairs with kale salad, though.
“1917” — Brandy Alexander
Milk plays a small but important supporting role in this WWI flick, so if you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, there you have it. If you want something that’s milky but also boozy, try our Brandy Alexander recipe that features heavy cream and crème de cacao. (But if you don’t do dairy, why not try this bracing Artillery Punch?)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — Frozen Margaritas
If you just want to duplicate a drink the characters enjoyed in the film, you’ve got options, including a bloody mary or a whiskey sour. But frozen margs obviously have the edge, so get our Frozen Margarita recipe. Drink it straight from the blender if you really want to.
“Parasite” — Soju Peach Smash
Come Oscar night, if you want an easy meal that’s also relevant to the occasion, ram-don (jjapaguri) is the clear front-runner. And to drink, we suggest making our Soju Cocktail recipe but instead of watermelon…use peaches. No, they’re not in season, but ginger liqueur, rich simple syrup, and fresh-squeezed lime juice should more than make up for any lack of taste.
Chum Churum Peach Soju, $6.99+ on Drizly
Or try a peach-infused version of this Korean alcohol to enhance the flavor.
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