Oscartails 2019: If this year's Oscar nominees were cocktailsI 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)
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.
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)
1oz Stoli Vodka
2/3oz Creme De Mure
1/2oz Lemon Juice
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.
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)
3/4oz Lemon Juice
1/2oz Creme De Violette
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.
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)
1/2oz Rye Whiskey
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.
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 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.
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 Peach Schnapps
1/2oz Chilli Syrup
Method: Carefully layer the ingredients into a shot glass and garnish with birds-eye chilli horns.
So here we have a patriotic shooter that packs heat.
Mexican 70 (Roma)
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.
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)
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.
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.