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With the Academy Awards quickly approaching – EEK! – I wanted to share some amazing Oscar-worthy cocktail recipes with you, brought to you by Crystal Head Vodka and Proper & Twelve Irish Whiskey! These are two really cool brands and the recipes are simply, shall we say, inspired?
Leading Gent – Leonardo DiCaprio
Ahh Leo – the little engine that could. While the world is still in mourning for Jack Dawson, and although we were SO sure that his role as Jordan Belfort would suffice, those Oscars just kept slipping through his fingers! However, in 2016 – Leo brought home the Oscar for best actor and all was right with the world again!
The One That Got Away
- 1 oz. Templeton Whiskey
- 3 oz. Stella Rosa Rosé
- 1 tsp. Rose Syrup
- 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
- 1 Grape fruit slice
In a shaker with ice, combine whiskey, Stella Rosa Rosé and grapefruit juice.
Strain into a glass of ice.
Garnish with grapefruit slice.
Leading Lady – Meryl Streep
This woman needs no introduction. With a staggering 21 nominations and 3 wins, she is our Queen of the Academy. Humbly owning every red carpet, it leaves us pondering the thought – will anyone ever beat the Streep?
Created by Nick Fogel, Beverage Director, The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer
- 1 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
- .75 oz Lillet Blanc
- .75 oz Lavender Syrup
Top with Sparkling Wine
Garnish Lavender Branch
Leading Lady – Whoopi Goldberg
This leading lady can do no wrong, she is a comedian, actress and human rights advocate. She graces our screens every day as a long-time host of “ The View “ and is one of the very few to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Tony award. Stealing our hearts in the Movie “Ghost” as Oda Mae Brown, a psychic that can communicate with the spirits – Whoopi is loved for her heart, her voice and her ability to play just about any role under the sun.
That’s The Spirit
- 1 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
- ½ oz. premium melon liqueur
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- ¼ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ½ oz.fresh pineapple juice
Muddle mint leaves and Crystal Head in a shaker.
Add ice and remaining ingredients then shake well.
Strain and pour into a cocktail glass.
Leading Lady – Jennifer Lawrence
We simply couldn’t mention the Academy Awards without including our resident Golden Girl. With THE most epic award acceptance ever, J-Law showed us that we are in fact all human, and can be a little topsy turvy sometimes. Not all heroes wear capes folks!
Topsy Turvy (by Jeremy Oertel)
- 2 oz Carpano Antica
- 1 oz Lock Stock & Barrel Rye
- 1 tsp. Borghetti Coffee Liqueur
- 1 dash Mole Bitters (preferably Bittermens)
Glass: Nick & Nora
Garnish: Orange Twist
Leading Gent – George Clooney
George Clooney is a man of many talents, holding Academy Awards for both acting and producing, his ridiculously chiseled face has been a staple on the red carpet for over 20 years and with an amazing wife like Amal – it just doesn’t get much better. Hailing from Kentucky, it’s only right we toast to him with some of Kentucky’s Finest!
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Milk Punch
- 2 cups cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
- ¾ cup sifted powdered sugar
- ½ vanilla bean
- Fresh grated nutmeg
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy.
Add vanilla bean and strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher.
Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion.
Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg & garnish with a stick of cinnamon.
Leading Lady – Saoirse Ronan
Okay, so I know Saoirse didn’t actually win an Academy Award but she received her first nomination at the ripe age of 13, has been nominated twice since, and is the proud owner of a Golden Globe. She has come a long way from one of the smallest towns in Ireland, and now that the public can actually pronounce her name correctly – we feel like she will be an official leading lady before we know it!
- 1.5 Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
- 1.5 Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
- .75 oz Borghetti Liqueur
- .5 Grand Marnier
Shake and strain into a highball.
Garnish with an orange slice.
I hope that you enjoyed these Oscar-worthy cocktail recipes! You can find these exciting wine and spirits at your local liquor store!