No matter which film takes home the Oscar for Best Picture, the big winners on red-carpet night are Los Angeles’s bartenders. Drinkers flock to after-parties and watering holes across the city to both celebrate and mourn their losses over cocktails.
So, we got a couple top Hollywood spots to share with us the recipes for the drinks they’ll be serving on Academy Award night.
Besides being among the finest bars in Los Angeles, The Spare Room has serious Oscar cred: It’s located in the opulent Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which hosted the very first Academy Awards back in 1929. (Douglas Fairbanks emceed the ceremony, which welcomed 270 attendees and lasted a whopping 15 minutes.) In a nod to this bit of Tinseltown history, bar manager Naomi Schimek concocted the Wings (pictured above), a drink named after the inaugural Best Picture winner. It’s a creative spin on the Aviation, showcasing gin infused with white tea and blue mallow blossoms. (You can find blue mallow at tea or herb shops.)
Sassafras, which usually offers a variety of barrel-aged elixirs, will be fixing something a little more cinematic for the big show: the Mary Pickford. The classic, made with rum, pineapple juice, grenadine and maraschino liqueur, honors the silent-film superstar (and co-founder of the United Artists studio) who won the 1930 Best Actress statuette for Coquette.
If that’s not enough silver-screen inspiration, check out our slideshow of drinks for your Oscars party. It includes a wide array of tipples featured in movies and named for stars.
Join us in toasting all the Academy Awards winners!