The Frivolist: Best Pitcher Showcase 2016: Oscar-Inspired Cocktails to Get the Party Started

Thirsty for Oscar? Watch the 88th Academy Awards go down in history – and hashtags (#becausesomebodyshadworkdone) – with these quenching cocktail recipes inspired by this year's nominees and Hollywood's biggest night.

Red Carpet Ready

4 cups apple cider, chilled
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
2 cups SPARKLING ICE Crisp Apple, chilled
1 can (12 oz) frozen orange juice concentrate
Apple slices for garnish
Rosemary cranberry sprig for individual garnish, or float fresh or frozen cranberries in punch bowl

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients and let sit overnight. Serve chilled, garnish with rosemary cranberry sprig. Add a splash of vodka or Prosecco for a cocktail modification.

Winter Vengeance – inspired by 'The Revenant'

Created at the oceanfront resort Terranea in Los Angeles.

3/4 oz Baileys
3/4 oz Averna Amaro
3/4 oz Cointreau Noir
Egg white
1 oz coconut milk

Garnish with coconut snow and rosemary.

Life on Mars – inspired by 'The Martian'

1 1/2 oz Ketel One Citroen
1/2 oz Suze liqueur
1/2 oz Carpano Antica Sweet vermouth
3/4 oz fresh squeezed blood orange
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters

Garnish with blood orange slice and mint.

*created at Terranea

Fury Road – inspired by 'Mad Max'

2 oz Pelligroso Silver Tequila
3/4 oz Heering Cherry liqueur
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz agave nectar
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 bar spoon harissa chili paste
Muddled grilled pineapple that has been soaked in mezcal
Pinch of salt

Garnish with grilled pineapple slices/cayenne pepper/salt

*created at Terranea

The Irish Goodbye – inspired by 'Brooklyn'

Created by Keith Villanueva, bartender at Seattle's Sazerac restaurant.

2 oz Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz maraschino
1/4 oz Amer Picon

Stir, strain and serve up. Garnish with lemon peel.


Created by Andrew Call, bartender at Portland's Bacchus Bar.

1/2 oz Angostura bitters
1/2 oz Soldera sherry
1 oz lime juice
3/4 oz rosemary simple syrup

Combine and shake over ice. Strain into a wide coupe glass and top with "creamed wine" (Oregon pinot, lemon and egg whites in a whipped cream canister). Notes: wine and rosemary are both used in religious ceremonies, so this is like an amped up version of holy wine, served in a glass with a spotlight-like rim.

The Big Short

Created by Bryan Galligos, bartender at Portland's Bacchus Bar.

1 oz Templeton Rye
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz dry Curacao
1 bar spoon Fernet Branca
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine and shake over ice. Strain into Nick and Nora glass and garnish with a large orange wheel. This packs big flavor into a small glass, hence "The Big Short."

Luck in East Berlin – inspired by "Bridge of Spies"

1 oz Luksusowa Vodka
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Creme de Cassis

Shake and strain into a flute. Top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon peel.

*created by Keith Villanueva

Something Wicked This Way Comes – inspired by "Room"

Created by Chad Phillips, head bartender at Seattle's Pennyroyal bar.

1 1/2 oz Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
8 Arugula Leaves

Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake. Strain over rocks. Garnish with an arugula leaf.

The Old Hollywood

1 oz Amaro Lucano
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz San Pellegrino Limonata
Bisol Jeio Prosecco
Lemon wheel for garnish

Mix Lucano, fresh lemon and San Pellegrino. Add 3 1/2-ounce mix to wine glass, fill with ice, top with Prosecco, and garnish with two lemon wheels.