Oscartails 2019: If this year's Oscar nominees were cocktails

With the movies industry poised to celebrate all the recent awards-worthy films at this year's Oscars, we have one last chance to say goodbye to them and start looking forward to whatever the next Transformers movie is instead. So, it falls on me to once again to embark on the years-old tradition of reimagining each of the Best Picture nominees as cocktails, like I did that one time last year.

Here are the drinks I created for each of the eight films up for this year's Academy Award for Best Picture. Which film is going to win? I don't know - I'm just making some drinks.

Fresh Kentucky Julep (Green Book)

12 Mint Leaves
2.5oz Cutty Sark Whisky
1/2oz Amaretto Liqueur
1/2oz Sugar Syrup

Method: Muddle the mint leaves and add the other ingredients. Shake with ice and strain over crushed ice, garnish with more mint and serve with fried chicken.
As Mahershala Ali’s Dr Don Shirley and Viggo Mortensen’s Tony Lip embark on their bond-forming road trip on tour in the Deep South, the first signs of friendship come when Tony insists on Shirley trying some fried chicken while driving through Kentucky.

And so here we have a riff on Kentucky’s most famous drink, the Julep. This version though uses Cutty Sark Whisky as the base - Shirley’s own tipple of choice, which he orders several times throughout the movie - along with a hint of Italian flavour in the form of some amaretto, to represent Tony Lip too.

Silhouetto Of A Man (Bohemian Rhapsody)

1 sprig of Thyme
1oz Stoli Vodka
2/3oz Creme De Mure
2 Blackberries
1/2oz Lemon Juice
4oz Champagne

Method: Shake the first five ingredients with ice and fine strain into a tall glass filled with more ice. Then top up with the Champagne, add the moustache swizzle stick and for extra garnish? Well I’m... gonna have myself... a real good thyme. I feel aliii-hi-hi-hiiiive. I know that’s a different song, but still.
For this film depicting the origins of the band Queen and their subsequent rise to stardom, ending with Freddie Mercury’s tragic AIDS diagnosis and a pretty spectacular recreation of their iconic Live Aid performance, I wanted to pay tribute to Freddie himself.

This drink uses his two favourite drinks - Stoli Vodka and Champagne - together with some berries and citrus and, most importantly, a moustache swizzle stick to stir it all together. The thyme is in there too because that’s the closest I could get to an ingredient being mentioned in the song Bohemian Rhapsody: “If I’m not back again this thyme tomorrow [...] Too late, my thyme has come...” What?

Wakanda Forever (Black Panther)

1.5oz Vodka
3/4oz Lemon Juice
1/2oz Cynar
1/2oz Creme De Violette
Egg White

Method: Dry shake all ingredients, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a coupe glass and add five 'clawed' drops of Angostura Bitters for garnish.
For Marvel’s culturally groundbreaking superhero movie, I designed this cocktail with Blavod’s Black Vodka in mind, but if you don’t have any, normal vodka will do. You’ll just have to use some imagination instead. At least the Creme De Violette still adds a flash of cool purple.

The real key here though is the artichoke-based herbal liqueur Cynar, representing the Wakandan plant known as the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives the Black Panther his powers.

Brandy Nan (The Favourite)

1oz Courvoisier XO Cognac
1/2oz Rye Whiskey
1/2oz Bourbon
1/4oz Demerara Syrup
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Express an orange peel and position it atop the rim curled into a small crown.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurdist period comedy sees Olivia Colman star as the frail Queen Anne, while Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone co-star as Lady Sarah and servant Abigail respectively, two cousins who compete for the queen’s affection.

To reflect the period setting, this is a riff on an Old Fashioned, but with a split base to represent the competing relationships. Courvoisier XO Cognac takes the lead here in tribute to Queen Anne’s real-life nickname, ‘Brandy Nan’. Then we have equal parts Rye and Bourbon, each vying for attention alongside the more dominant spirit.

Stallworth Flip (BlacKkKlansman)

1oz Dark Rum
1oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
1/2oz Vanilla Syrup
1 Whole Egg

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with coffee beans.
This provocative drama-comedy from Spike Lee sees John David Washington’s black cop Ron Stallworth infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan over the phone and then work with his white colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) to follow through the undercover investigation in person.

So, given the themes, here’s a monochrome-styled Flip, representing the pair’s collaboration in preventing a serious hate crime attack instigated by the notorious group.

Hot Damn (Vice)

1/2oz Blue Curacao
1/2oz Peach Schnapps
1/2oz Chilli Syrup

Method: Carefully layer the ingredients into a shot glass and garnish with birds-eye chilli horns.
When Christian Bale accepted his Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, he thanked “Satan” for inspiring his performance as Dick Cheney, the despicable White House politician who once famously accidentally shot Texas Attorney Harry Whittington while hunting.

So here we have a patriotic shooter that packs heat.

Mexican 70 (Roma)

Mezcal rinse
2oz Tequila Blanco
1oz Lime Juice
1/2oz Banana Liqueur
1/4 Agave Nectar

Method: Rinse the glass with mezcal and leave to stand. Shake the next four ingredients with ice. get rid, of any excess mezcal and strain the mix into the glass. Top with champagne and float a lime wheel on top.
Alfonso Cuarón’s stunning 70s-set, black-and-white Netflix drama depicts a year in the life of Cleo, teenage maid for a middle-class family in Mexico. So for this drink, I wanted to convey the class differences presented in the film, and it ended up being like a riff on a French 75. Hence ‘Mexican 70’.

The champagne is obvious, while the banana liqueur represents the smoothies that mother Sofia frequently makes for her children. And then we have Tequila to add Mexican punch and the smokey Mezcal is there because, as part of Cleo’s housekeeping duties, the whole drink needed a ‘rinse’.

Far From The Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Laphroaig 10-year rinse
2oz Rebel Yell Bourbon
1/2oz Sugar Syrup
2 dashes Absinthe
2 dashes Peychauds Bitters
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Method: Rinse the glass with the Laphroaig 10-year and leave to stand. Stir all ingredients with ice and strain over more ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a charred star anise.
Ok, apparently I am all about the smokey rinse, because here’s another. In this case, the drink here represents the risk of burnout as music star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) battles his addiction in contrast to newcomer Ally’s (Lady Gaga) newfound fame and the effect both journeys have on their relationship.

Rebel Yell bourbon is used here as it has significant roots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and plenty of bitterness and a burnt-out star garnish provide the rest of the tale.
Want to see more Oscartails? You can check out last year's creations here. Plus, I recently made one based on the film Glass for some reason, which seems to have been unfairly left off the Oscars ballot this year. Cuh, it's all political, isn't it.

Tags: Oscartails, Movie cocktails, Films, How to, Recipes

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