and the winner is…


The 86th annual Academy awards is taking place tonight. Known as the event where the Hollywood A-list dons their best couture and attends one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies, this yearly event is also a great excuse to have a watching party and enjoy the show. 


Whether you are having a small get-together or inviting a few dozen friends, there are many creative ways to incorporate the Hollywood movie theme into your soiree. This year I’ve opted for a more simple approach centered around snacks and signature drinks.


One thing that I love incorporating into any movie-related event is popcorn. It is so simple to make and easy to customize. One great idea is to create a popcorn bar, where you have popcorn displayed in single-serving cups and have toppings to add according to your preference. Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Chex Mix, melted butter, and flavored salts are always crowd-pleasing options that make serving easy for you and your guests.


Another thing that I enjoy incorporating is signature drinks inspired by the Oscar nominated movies. Below I have the recipes and ingredients to get you started, feel free to adjust as needed or create some of your own as well.

The Wolf of Wall Street – Manhattan

  • 2 parts rye
  • 1 part vermouth
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • optional garnish: lemon slice

Stir ingredients in mixer with ice. Strain into cocktail glass and serve straight up.

Captain Phillips – Sea Breeze

  • 3 parts vodka
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 1 part grapefruit juice

Build over ice and shake

Gravity – Space Odyssey

  • 1 part cream of coconut
  • 1/2 part UV coconut vodka
  • 1/2 blue curacao

Mix the coconut vodka with the cream of coconut and serve into shot glass. Add a layer on top of blue curacao, serve chilled.

American Hustle – Old Fashioned

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (or sugar stick)
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 1/2 parts rye
  • optional garnish: orange slice, pineapple slice and maraschino cherry

Put the sugar in glass. Add bitters and water, muddle to dissolve sugar, add rye, and stir with a glass rod.


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