2011 Oscar Party Cocktails

By Fabiana Santana

Everyone’s got their favorites – whether it is Natalie Portman’s captivating portryal as a ballerina gone mad or Christian Bale’s go around as Dicky Ecklund, a boxer who thinks he has one more round left in him. The same goes for cocktails.  So what better way to celebrate Oscar night than with your own Academy Award themed cocktail party!

To make sure your guests sip what the stars do,  BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, BENEDICTINE Liqueur, Dewar’s and Cointreau teamed up to put together a few signature cocktails inspired by this year’s hottest films. And since Dewar’s and Bombay Sapphire have been sponsoring many of the  dinners and lunches honoring the nominees, you’ve got the inside scoop on the cocktails created just for them!

The King’s Speech
Raise your glass to Colin Firth’s Golden Globe and SAG victories with this decidedly British cocktail.  Made with Earl Grey tea and Bombay Sapphire, the quintessential London Dry Gin, this cocktail is worthy of a King.

Bombay Sapphire Royal Tea Cocktail Recipe
1 oz. Earl Grey Tea Infused Simple Syrup
1 oz. Fresh lemon
1 oz. Egg white
¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ Rock Candy
2 Dashes orange bitters
Topped with a Bitter Orange Espuma*

Combine gin, tea infused simple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker over ice, shake vigorously.  Double strain into a tea cup.  Beat espuma mix until thick and foamy, spoon into tea cup, on top of Sapphire mixture.  Put a pinch of tea leaves in center, garnish with a stick of orange bitters rock candy on the side of the tea saucer.


The Social Network
Created by Boston mixologist Scott Marshall of Drink, this coffee-infused Benedictine cocktail is the perfect drink to fuel those long nights spent hacking into the Harvard computer network.

The All-Nighter Cocktail Recipe
2 ½ oz. Rye Whiskey
½ oz. Benedictine Liqueur
Muddled fresh coffee beans

Build in a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and stir.  Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.


The Fighter
Toast to two Knock-out performances from Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, in this year’s The Fighter with a Dewar’s 12 cocktail that packs a punch, yet evokes passion.  Watch as the film dukes it out for Oscar gold.

Blood & Sand Cocktail Recipe
2 oz Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whiskey
1 oz cherry liqueur
1 oz red (sweet) vermouth
1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Black Swan
In one of the best performances of the year, toast Natalie Portman’s startling character portrayal in this psychological thriller. Follow her swirl of brilliance and insanity from White Swan to Black Swan, while drinking cocktails to match. Begin with the White Lady in its classic and purest form and end with the dark and deliciously menacing Cointreau Noir in Black Ice.

Black Ice Cocktail Recipe
3 oz. Cointreau Noir
Ice cubes

Pour over ice and enjoy

The White Lady Cocktail Recipe
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. Gin
3/4 oz.
Lemon juice

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.