From the Governor’s Ball Archives: The Best Oscar Cocktails in History

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The five most delicious signature cocktails that have been served through the years at the Governor’s Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards.

It’s SHOWTIME!

Hollywood’s biggest night is this Sunday—and while we’ll be on the edge of our settee waiting to see who takes home this year’s statuettes, one of the best parts of any awards-viewing bash is toasting the fun with a festive cocktail. To inspire your Oscar viewing party, we’ve rounded up the five most delicious signature cocktails that have been served through the years at the Governor’s Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards. Choose your giggle water, channel your inner Audrey, Grace, or Halle, and whip up one of these winning libations.

The five most delicious signature cocktails that have been served through the years at the Governor’s Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards.

For Champagne Swillers: The Moët Red Carpet Fizz (2009)

At the Oscars, victory is indeed sweet, but for those going home empty-handed, defeat can be bitter. The 2009 Governor’s Ball featured a signature cocktail balancing both—the sweetness of pomegranate and the bitterness of Campari – topped with plenty of Champagne, of course! The big winner that evening was Slumdog Millionaire, but you will surely be winning your Oscar party by serving this bubbly treat.

To Make It: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice, 1/3 ounce of crème de peche, 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, and a dash of Campari. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with a splash of Moët & Chandon Champagne.

The five most delicious signature cocktails that have been served through the years at the Governor’s Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards.

For Tequila Tipplers: The Patron Gold Cosmopolitan (2013)

The cocktail that kicked off the modern mixology craze is no doubt the Cosmo. Give it a sassy twist by subbing out the vodka for tequila. In 2013, Anne Hathaway accepted her Best Supporting Actress statue for Les Miserables, then toasted her win with Patron’s blackberry-infused sipper.

To Make It: In a cocktailshaker with ice, combine 1-1/2 ounces Patron Silver tequila, 1/2 ounce of Patron Citronge, 1 ounce orange juice, and 2 ounces organic blackberry juice. Shake and strain into a glass rimmed in edible gold.

The five most delicious signature cocktails that have been served through the years at the Governor’s Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards.

For Scotch Enthusiasts: The Demure and Dashing (2016)

2016 brought us Spotlight as the best picture, Cate Blanchett as a Sally Award winner, and Scotch as the evening’s featured spirit in a sophisticated, spicy, and herbaceous cocktail.

To Make It: In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine 1-1/2 ounces Haig Club single-grain Scotch whisky, one barspoon spiced syrup, one barspoon Galliano liqueur, and two dashes aromatic bitters. Stir to combine and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish each drink with an orange twist.

The five most delicious signature cocktails that have been served through the years at the Governor’s Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards.

For Vodka Vixens: The Silver Screen Punch (2011)

This is the secret weapon of savvy hosts everywhere: mix up a batch, let guests serve themselves, and enjoy your party without playing bartender. At the 2011 Governor’s Ball, Belvedere vodka and Moët & Chandon Champagne joined forces to create an effervescent and fruity punch with a little extra kick from fresh ginger.

To Make It: In a blender, combine one 6-ounce can pink lemonade concentrate, 8 ounces pineapple juice, 1 cup frozen strawberries, and 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a punch bowl, add 1 cup Belvedere vodka and stir to combine. Just before serving, pour in a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne. (If you’re entertaining on a budget, Prosecco will work as well).

The five most delicious signature cocktails that have been served through the years at the Governor’s Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards.

For Whiskey Lovers: The Hilhaven Old Fashioned (2017)

This year, to celebrate the 89th Academy awards, mixologist Charles Joly will be whipping up one of the absolute staples of the cocktail canon: the ‘Old Fashioned’. Was this classic choice inspired by the vintage vibe of Oscar front-runner, La La Land? The recipe that Gosling and Stone will be sipping on the big night features Hilhaven Lodge whiskey.

To Make It: Combine 1-1/2 ounces The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey, a sugar cube, and three dashes Angostura Bitters in a tumbler over ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

Extra Credit: Wine Not?

Not the cocktail type? We just heard that Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which is the official wine sponsor of the 2017 Academy Awards, is providing 2,000 bottles of vino. We’re guessing that will be plenty to keep the red carpet revelers dancing into the wee hours. Pick up a few bottles for your own soirée and sip like a celebrity.

Oscar Cocktails Welcome Mashup

Welcome photo: Elizabeth Taylor at the 1961 Academy Awards
Welcome quote: All That Jazz , 1979

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