Although Hollywood’s A-listers will be flocking to the Kodak Theater for the biggest award show of the season, you can make your own celebration the next-best-thing to actually being there with these Oscar-inspired cocktails, snacks and games.
Silver Screen Punch
The official Oscar website offers up this recipe for a delicious bubbly beverage:
1 (6-ounce) Can pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 Ounces pineapple juice
1 Cup frozen strawberries
1/2 Teaspoon grated ginger
1 Cup vodka
1 Bottle champagne
1 Pineapple, cut into rings and frozen
Blend together the pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries and ginger in a blender until smooth.
Add vodka and stir to combine.
Just before serving, pour in the champagne and garnish with frozen pineapple rings.
Muddled Movie Star Cocktail
This easy-to-make drink recipe is fit for a celebrity, courtesy of celebrations.com:
Raspberries and/or strawberries
Splash of lime juice
1 Ounce gin or vodka
2 Ounces ginger liqueur
Muddle the berries in the bottom of a shaker.
Add all the other ingredients and a big scoop of ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a sliced strawberry, or float a raspberry on top.
Named for the 1944 Best Picture winner, this classic cocktail is sure to please:
3 Ounces lime juice
1/2 Ounce triple sec
1 1/2 Ounces rum
Dash of grenadine
Lime for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a blender with ice and serve.
The French Hawaiian
Midnight in Paris meets The Descendants with this unique blend created by Grey Goose:
1 1⁄2 Ounces orange-flavored vodka
1⁄2 Ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1⁄2 Ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1/3 Ounce Orgeat or almond syrup
3 Dashes Angostura bitters
Build and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaves and a couple of drops of bitters.
Deviled Eggs with Caviar
This Academy-approved appetizer is an upscale twist on the classic finger food:
1 Dozen large eggs
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 Teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 Teaspoon salt
2 Ounces American caviar
Place eggs in a pot and cover with water.
Add vinegar and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat and cover. Let sit for 15 to 18 minutes.
Drain water. When cool enough to touch, remove shells.
Slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a food processor. Add mayo, mustard, lemon juice and salt to the yolks. Blend until smooth.
Scoop the yolk mixture into a plastic baggy. Use scissors to snip off the end of the baggy and use like a pastry bag to pipe the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Finish off by spooning a small amount of caviar onto each egg.
Asparagus and Prosciutto Bundles
Carrot sticks and ranch dip just won’t cut it for a night heavy on glamour, so up your vegetable option to this delicious dish courtesy of celebrations.com:
48 Asparagus spears
2 1/2 Ounces soft fresh goat cheese (room temperature)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 Tablespoon toasted pine nuts, chopped
1 Tablespoon water
1 Teaspoon grated orange peel
2 Ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 24 4x1-inch strips
Cut stalks from asparagus, leaving 2-inch-long tips.
Cook asparagus tips in large pot of boiling water with salt until just crisp-tender (about 1 minute).
Drain well and transfer asparagus to paper towels.
Mix goat cheese, basil, pine nuts, water and orange peel in small bowl to blend; season with salt and pepper.
Spread scant 1 teaspoon filling over each prosciutto strip. Arrange 2 asparagus tips atop filling at one short end of prosciutto.
Roll up prosciutto, enclosing base of asparagus. Press to seal.
You can’t celebrate the silver screen without popcorn, so try this simple recipe for a gourmet version:
Microwaveable popcorn (unsalted, no butter)
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Teaspoons butter
Salt to taste
1 Teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
Simply add all the ingredients to your bowl of popcorn and it’s ready to serve! Feel free to substitute herbs and spices of your choosing for the marjoram and paprika.
Rosemary Thyme Pita Chips and Hummus
Ditch the store-bought pita chips for these savory, fresh-made ones, via food52.com:
Salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Cut your pita rounds into eighths or quarters. Pull those pieces in half so that each piece consists of only one layer of pita. Place each pita piece on the cookie tray, rough side up.
Spread each piece of pita with a thin layer of butter. Do the same thing with the honey.
Sprinkle each piece with a pinch each of sea salt, thyme and rosemary (adjust according to taste).
Bake in the oven for 6 minutes. Rotate your pan and bake another 6 minutes, or until the chips are browned and crispy. Keep a close eye on the chips towards the end of their baking time as they can quickly go from brown to burnt.
Let the chips cool and serve with hummus or a dip of your choice.
No party is complete without an Oscar pool! Have your guests fill out their ballots before the show begins, and offer up a prize to the guest who makes the most correct predictions. (For hints see our predictions list!)
Download Bingo boards at http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/partykit/index.html and keep your eyes peeled for clues during the show to win.
Oscar Drinking Game
Add a little more excitement to the sometimes dragging ceremonies with a drinking game! Take a sip every time:
- Someone gets a standing ovation.
- Someone cries during an acceptance speech.
- The Artist wins an award.
- A speech gets cut off by the orchestra.
- The camera shows Brad Pitt and/or Angelina Jolie.
Feel free to add your own rules too!