Thursday, February 25, 2016

Three Oscar Inspired Cocktails

By: The Food Hunter

It’s almost time for the long-awaited Oscar night, and our bartender friends have whipped up three celebratory cocktails inspired by this year’s biggest nominees. While the A-listers show off their red carpet looks, you can treat your viewing party guests to a selection of cocktails giving a nod to this year’s big ticket nominees: The Revenant, Joy and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Celebrate Best Actor Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio with…The Bear Claw
Recipe created by John Henderson of The Happiest Hour NYC
After a “grizzly” bear attack, we’re certain Leonardo DiCaprio’s Revenant character could have used a life-sustaining cocktail… amongst other things. With an orange swath reminiscent of a bear claw, this morphing Maker’s Mark cocktail is surely the perfect drink to cheer on Revenant for a Best Picture win. 

¼ part Cherry Heering
1 dash Chocolate Mole Bitters
1 2x2 cola cube*
¾ part soda water
Orange swath

Place one cola cube into a short rocks glass; add Maker’s Mark, bitters, and soda water. Drizzle Cheery Herring over the top of the ice cube (which will slowly sink to the bottom of the cocktail for bloody effect!); stir briefly to incorporate and express an orange swath over the surface of the drink. *Cola cube: Freeze Mexican Coca-Cola overnight in a 2x2 ice cube tray

Celebrate Best Picture Nominee Mad Max: Fury Road with…The Furious Skull

Recipe created by John Henderson of The Happiest Hour NYC
If there’s one thing Mad Max and Furiosa could have used after their high-speed chase through the desert, it could’ve been a refreshing ice cold drink to take the edge off. In this cocktail, the ice cube is the star, and is also a nod to the skull-like mask worn by the merciless villain Immortal Joe.
¾ part sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 Campari ice cube*

In a short rocks glass, combine Sugar Island Rum, sweet vermouth and dash of Angostura bitters. Place the Campari ice cube in glass and if desired, garnish with a SMALL pinch of pink salt. As the salt hits the cube, it will spur the Campari cube to melt.
*Campari ice cube: Overnight, freeze a mixture of Campari and water in a skull-shaped mold, at a ratio close to 50:50

Celebrate Best Actress Nominee Jennifer Lawrence (from Joy) with…The Spill-Proof Shot
Created by Niccole Trzaska, The Liberty
J. Law’s character in Joy became an overnight success by inventing the Miracle Mop, and has been known to take a few on-stage tumbles in real life. But lucky for you, no clean-up will be necessary with these spill-proof gelatin shots that you can make ahead of your viewing party.
Makes 12-14 gelatin shots
5 ounces water
1 Packet of Gelatin

Mix all ingredients until smooth and no bubbles appear. Pour into gelatin molds in the shape of your choice. Set in refrigerator until it becomes a gel (Gelatin is not a solid nor a liquid it is both. So the higher the alcohol the thinner the mixture will be)


  1. These are so clever and perfect! I love the looks of the Furious Skull, but The Spill-Proof Shot looks like my kind of drink. Can't wait for Oscar night and sipping on these would only make it better.

  2. What a great collection of cocktails for Oscars night! I think they all look fun and tasty, but our cupboard always has a good bourbon, so we may try the Bear Claw!

  3. These cocktails sound so festive and perfect for the Oscars. I was just going to pop open some prosecco, but maybe I should be more adventurous :)

  4. Love these creative and fun cocktails Think I'm going to go with the spill proof shots!

  5. The post is fantastic! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice weekend!

  6. What a fun post! Perfect for an Oscars party.

  7. Such fun cocktails for an Academy Awards party.

  8. They all look fabulous, I'm not sure I could pick one. Although that skull one is pretty darn cool.

  9. These are all so much fun. My favorite is the bear claw. LOL
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  10. How awesome these are! What a fun post. I haven't seen these movies, but I want to drink these drinks. Especially that Bear Claw.

  11. Oooo I love that Bear Claw and the glass that it's in!