And the Oscar goes to….
Well, we will have to wait til Feb. 9 to see which films walk away with gold statues at the 2020 Academy Awards, but you can start celebrating the year’s best in cinema with a Hollywood-approved cocktail. Check out where you can enjoy Oscar-inspired cocktails in Los Angeles and New York.
Ever Bar, Los Angeles
Ever Bar at The Kimpton Everly Hotel is getting into the award season spirit with their annual specialized Oscars cocktail menu, spearheaded by their innovative bar team. Each of the nine best picture nominees has a special curated concoction. The “1917” cocktail celebrates the beauty of the cherry blossom, just like when English soldiers take a moment to reminisce about simpler times at home while being in the throes of war. The drink is a clarified cherry milk punch with house made cherry cordial, Bulldog Gin- which embodies the heart of our soldier and Remy Martin Tercet Cognac- paying homage to the French countryside. The “Little Women” cocktail flight celebrates the March sisters: Meg with a Paper Plane, Jo with a Manhattan, Beth with a Blood & Sand and Amy with a French Aperitif. Serving you the 19th century Christmas breakfast feast straight from Marmee’s table, each with an infused High West whiskey base and served with a set of old fashioned keys.
For the bittersweet “Marriage Story,” drink, the bar played on the juxtaposition of New York City verses Los Angeles and the crumbling of what two people held dear. For Charlie, a NY coffee infused ice sphere, with apple bitters and saline. For Nicole, an L.A. inspired Siete Leguas white Negroni, sparkling like a glass of champagne. The “Ford Vs. Ferrari” drink, which celebrates Italy and the US in the 1966 24 hours Le Mans race uses Ford’s Gin “Ferrari” with Campari and Fernet, served alongside a truly American Miller High Life. The cocktail inspired by “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” is a margarita variation that captures the energy of Los Angeles in the 1960s: the music, the cinema, the stars and of course, El Coyote. It’s made with Yuzu, Milagro Tequila, St. George “Breaking and Entering” Whiskey and pineapple.
“The Irishman” cocktail is painted with Powers Irish Whiskey, Bruto Americano and a house made blood orange cordial, serving up a bitter and bloody cocktail that pays respect to the Irish and Italian heritages of our main characters. Small but mighty, the JoJo Rabbit martini is comprised of Monkey 47 Gin, Bols Genever, German Riesling and grapefruit bitters. Playful grapefruit “rabbit ears” offset this serious cocktail with the help of a sugar butterfly. Draw or pin your own butterfly for the bar’s garden wall and help donate proceeds from this cocktail to a charity.
The “Parasite” cocktail pays homage to the South Korean culture by combining Soju and Matcha. These two delicacies combine with a dangerous peach liqueur that creates a mouthwatering green tea base topped with Dorda coconut infused coconut cream. The “Joker” cocktail uses JaJa Reposado Tequila with blueberries, orgeat and a touch of darkness with Angostura amaro. Some of these ingredients are all considered “brain food” and create a cocktail that is just about the shade of his signature suit. Topped with a No2 charged mint foam, this cocktail is anything but funny. Additionally, it’s topped with a green “whipped topping” to signify the Joker’s iconic green hair and served with his signature card which says “Forgive my laughter. I have a condition (more on back)…It’s a medical condition causing sudden, frequent, uncontrollable laughter that doesn’t match how you feel. It can happen in people with a brain injury or certain neurological conditions.”
Once the best picture is announced, the corresponding cocktail will remain on the regular menu for the duration of the year. The bar will also host an Oscar viewing party on Sunday with a red carpet and photo opp.
1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, Everlyhotelhollywood.com, @everbarla
Ocean Prime, NYC
Located in the heart of Manhattan, Ocean Prime sits amongst world-class museums, theaters and corporate headquarters. The acclaimed restaurant and bar will be hosting its annual Oscars viewing party this Sunday. In addition to serving complimentary truffle popcorn, guests can sip on specialty cocktails, such as Joker’s Gin, The Irishman(hattan), Marriage Story Marg, and WWI Whiskey. Piper Heidsieck, the champagne sponsor of the Academy Awards, will also be available for purchase. Think you know your stuff? Fill out an awards ballot and if your predictions are correct you could win a $150 Ocean Prime gift card.
123 W. 52nd St., New York, ocean-prime.com, @oceanprimenyc
Tavern on the Green, NYC
In honor of Hollywood’s biggest night, Central Park’s iconic landmark restaurant Tavern On The Green has debuted three original, new cocktails inspired by this year’s top Oscar nominees. The themed drinks will be an added edition to the eatery’s robust menu available now through the end of February. Each cocktail was carefully crafted, matching the flavor and appearance to the tone and themes of the movies. The decadent drink menu includes The Irishman made with Orange Infused Jameson Irish Whiskey, Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur and Peychauds bitters, the Little Women made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, St Germain, pomegranate shrub, lemon juice, egg whites and edible flowers and the Marriage Story made with Rujero Singani, Giffard Fruit de la Passion, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and lime juice.
67th St. & Central Park West, New York, tavernonthegreen.com, @tavernonthegreen
Here and Now, LA
Arts District cocktail bar Here and Now has an Oscar-worthy cocktail this season, I’d Like to Thank the Academy. Made with popcorn washed cognac, burnt lemon cordial and champagne, and garnished with edible glitter stars, this is the perfect drink to toast to award season with.
300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite N, Los Angeles, hereandnowdtla.com, @hereandnowdtla
Atop the Platform project in Culver City, ultra-stylish restaurant/bar Margot (a favorite of Oscar winner Halle Berry) will be pouring their special award-show cocktail, The Embassy, this Sunday. A twist on a modern classic cocktail, the Naked and Famous, it’s made with Los Angeles based Amass Gin, yellow chartreuse, egg white, saffron and cocchi americano
8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, margot.la, @margotlosangeles
The Garland, LA
The hotel’s Cocktails for your Consideration Happy Hour Menu invites movie fans to toast to their nominee with a selection of champagne cocktails inspired by Hollywood. Offered exclusively at the Lobby Bar from now through Oscar Sunday (from 2 p.m. to close) $9 cocktails include The Jokir with Chambord and Mumm Napa; the Peach And Glory with white peach mint syrup, Mumm Napa; the Rocketmarg with silver tequila, Combier, lime, agave and Mumm Napa; the Once Upon A Time In… Hawaii with pineapple ciroc vodka, lemon juice, orange juice, honey syrup and Mumm Napa; the Downton 75 with gin, St Germain, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and Mumm Napa; and the classic Mimosommar with an Angostura-soaked sugar cube, lemon twist and Mumm Napa.
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, thegarland.com, @thegarland
Oscar Wilde, NY
Located in Chelsea, Oscar Wilde is a glamorous Victorian-style whiskey bar that will be throwing their own Oscar bash. This free event will be showing the ceremony on four screens throughout the night while serving up nine Oscar-winning cocktails. There is no cover for guests, seating is first come first serve and walk-ins are welcome, however, you can reserve a table for $260 which includes four cocktails and free popcorn. There will be a step and repeat, so dress to impress.
45 W. 27th St., New York oscarwildenyc.com/oscars-viewing, @oscarwildenyc
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