Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is tonight—first with the Academy Awards and then with the Governor’s Ball, the event’s official afterparty. While we’ll be on the edge of our settee waiting to see who takes home this year’s golden statuettes, one of the best parts of an awards-viewing party is toasting the fun with a festive cocktail. To inspire your Oscar fête, we’ve rounded up the hot-off-the-presses signature cocktail that will be served at this year’s Governor’s Ball, as well as the five most popular libations from past Balls.
The Protagonist (2018)
At this year’s Governor’s Ball, the star of the party will be The Protagonist, a festive cocktail featuring Tequila Don Julio Blanco. With herbal, bright citrus and subtle floral notes, this refreshing cocktail is sure to be another big Oscar-party winner. To make it: combine 1-1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco, 1/2 ounce Pimm’s, 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 ounce simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Gently shake and add tonic water. Place a thin cucumber slice into a Collins glass, and pour mixture over fresh ice. Top with borage flowers.
The Red Carpet Fizz (2009)
At the Oscars, victory is sweet, but for those going home without a trophy, losing can be a touch bitter. The 2009 Governor’s Ball featured a signature cocktail created by Moët & Chandon that balanced both—the sweetness of pomegranate and Champagne and the bitterness of Campari. 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 Champagne.
Tequila 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 cocktail shaker 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 Demure and Dashing (2016)
In 2016, the big winners were Spotlight and the sophisticated, spicy, and herbaceous scotch-based cocktail that had a starring role at the Governor’s Ball. To Make It: In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine 1-1/2 ounces Haig Club single-grain Scotch whisky, one bar spoon spiced syrup, one bar spoon 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 Silver Screen Punch (2011)
This is the secret weapon of savvy hosts everywhere: mix up a batch of punch and let guests serve themselves so you can 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, too.)
The Classic Old Fashioned (2017)
Last year, to celebrate the 89th Academy Awards, mixologist Charles Joly whipped up one of the absolute staples of the cocktail canon: the Old Fashioned. Was this classic choice inspired by the vintage vibe of last year’s Oscar front-runner, La La Land? 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.
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Welcome Photo and Quote Mashup
Welcome photo: Elizabeth Taylor at the 1961 Academy Awards
Welcome quote: All That Jazz, 1979