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Oscars Academy AwardsBourbonBlog.com brings you cocktails designed specifically for the 83rd Annual Academy Award from top mixologists. Each signature cocktail is reminiscent of the an acclaimed films, several nominees of the year.

127 Hours

The first cocktail of the bunch features a delicious tea infusion – for best results, soak tea for approx. 127 Hours. Best of all, the Flor de Caña Rum punch has a garnish is of fresh mint, perhaps reminiscent of the Canyonlands sparse landscape.

Canyonlands de Caña

2 oz. Flor de Caña 4-year old
1oz. Flor de Caña 18-year old
0.75 oz. rich demerara simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
6 oz. HOT STRONG Green Tea
1 mint sprig

Method:

1.       All of the ingredients should be combined and left in a container over night
2.       Strain the next day
3.       Refrigerate and drink at leisure

Pour the punch into a glass and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig

*Demerara syrup can be made in a pot over low heat on stove top. 2 parts demerara sugar to 1 part water. Heat and stir until dissolved

The Kings Speech Movie PosterThe King’s Speech

Critics are loving The King’s speech and especially Colin Firth’s portrayal of King George VI. To toast him in style, as only a true monarch deserves, we’ve got a delicious cocktail with Russian Standard Vodka, the number one Vodka in Russia, which was specially created to meet the high demands of the Russian Czars. With a taste of this simple and refreshing cocktail, we’re sure that this one will help you prepare for your next public address.

Russian Standard VodkaRussian Royal

1.5 oz Russian Standard Vodka
Splash of lemon juice
2 oz. pomegranate Juice
Lemon twist

Shake Russian Standard Vodka, lemon juice and pomegranate juice gently over ice.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

The Social Network Movie Poster Cocktail RecipeSocial Network

For those social-media inclined, how about a festive punch, perfect for bringing friends together – just like everyone’s favorite social network, Facebook! 

“Friend Me” Punch

2 oz. Flor De Caña 7-year Grand Reserve
4 sugar cubes
3 green cardamom pods (can be found at any spice shop)
3oz. club soda
1oz. lime juice
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1 dash of Regan’s Orange bitters

Strain the punch into a glass or punch bowl, depending on the size of the portion, top with 2oz. club soda and garnish with lime wheels

Method:

1.       Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of soda water (this generally involves muddling to help process)
2.       Muddle the cardamom pods with the sugar cubes
3.       After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added
4.       Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred
5.       Stir the punch until it is chilled

Black Swan MovieBlack Swan

How about a taste of kight and dark, or in the drinks world, tart and sweet? While Natalie Portman’s character struggles between the good vs. evil of her black and white swan, the Sayers Swan is a light and refreshing cocktail that uses Russian Standard Vodka, with a sweet tangy pop from the fresh lemonade.

Sayers Swan

1.5 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
3 oz.  Lemonade
Slice of Lemon

Build in a rocks glass over ice

Inception Movie Poster Leonardo DiCaprioInception

Dream within a dream? How about a treat within a treat? We’ve got the most delicious cocktail around, featuring Lucid absinthe – sure to trigger those lucid dreams! Best of all, you can even eat the gingerbread cookie garnish!

Lucid Sweet Dreamer

1 oz. Lucid absinthe
0.5 oz. simple syrup
Dash of freshly grated cinnamon
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
0.5 oz. fresh lemon
0.25 oz. green chartreuse

Muddle small pieces of ginger. Add all ingredients and shake thoroughly with ice, then strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a small Christmas tree gingerbread cookie

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