Cinematic Concoctions

Will Black Swan, The King’s Speech or True Grit take home the best picture Oscar? We don’t know. The only sure bet is that at some point on Sunday, probably between the Academy Award for art direction and the one for sound mixing, you’re going to get restless, and then bored, which will finally lead to a general hatred of all things Hollywood.

Fortunately, we have a plan to save the Oscars. After the excitement of the red carpet has worn off and the first bowl of popcorn has been finished, you should start making cocktails. (During the second or third musical number is a great time to begin shaking, which will hopefully drown out the sound.)

Conjure up the elegance of the golden age of film with a classic Mary Pickford (white rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, maraschino liqueur) or with talented New York City bartender Brian Miller’s tribute to voluptuous vixen Jane Russell (rye, vermouth, Grand Marnier, Bénédictine).

But to be a true star, fix mixologist and Liquor.com advisor Aisha Sharpe’s shimmering The Best Picture (Plymouth Gin, St-Germain, lemon juice). The drink’s secret ingredient is a pinch of movie magic (AKA edible gold dust). Now that’s what we call award-winning.

The Best Picture

Contributed by Aisha Sharpe

INGREDIENTS:

PREPARATION:

Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Add the Champagne to the shaker and stir gently to combine. Strain into a chilled Martini glass.

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