The Red Carpet Burn

statuette-smlI’m just going to put this out there. I love the Oscars. I love everything about them, from the over-the-top opening number to the announcement of Best Picture, which is usually after midnight on the East Coast. I even appreciate the middle part when they announce the awards for Best Live-Action short film, Best Documentary Feature and those other awards that aren’t so popular. (Although that portion of the show IS a good time to make a trip to the bar.)

Just because I love the Oscar ceremonies doesn’t mean I love them just for the pageantry. I thoroughly enjoy movies and the theater-going experience. I have always been a huge movie fan and if I have the choice I always prefer seeing films on the big screen. It gives me the chance to lose myself for two hours: no distractions, no dogs barking, no cell phone buzzing.

So now that you know how I feel about the movie business, you’ve probably figured out that I also need Oscar night cocktails to be exceptional. In past years I have made my (not so) world famous Sangria or popped a bottle of champagne or two. But this year I came up with something that blows those two out of the water, at least for this special evening. I remembered a drink I used to order years ago at Mi Piace, a restaurant in Old Town Pasadena, California. The drink was called Stockholm 62. I don’t know where they got that name, but after tasting it, I didn’t care, and neither will you. As I’ve done in the past, I made up my drink based on how the restaurant described it on their menu and put my own spin on it.

 

The Red Carpet Burn

The Red Carpet Burn

Yes, I call it the Red Carpet Burn. Think of it as the consolation drink for all of those nominees who don’t win that coveted statuette. They may get burned by the Academy, but I can picture them guzzling down more than one of these kick-ass concoctions at their after-Oscars parties. It’s also for the rest of us who feel we’ve been burned by the Academy, who will probably choose people we didn’t want to win. So you were rooting for Bryan Cranston to win for Best Actor and Leo took home the prize? Have another sip, everything will be alright. This cocktail will NOT burn going down, unless you plan it that way and make it extra strong.

Red Carpet Burn

2 oz vodka

1 oz Chambord

Juice of half a lime

Champagne

Pour the vodka and Chambord into a shaker filled with ice, then squeeze in the lime juice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a martini glass rimmed with sugar. Top with 2-3 ounces of dry champagne, or if you prefer a sweeter drink, use prosecco.

Rondel split

Rondel split

I recently found these lovely splits of Rondel champagne at my liquor store, and they are perfect for this drink (and only $2.99!), or for any other cocktail in which champagne is only one of the ingredients. If you’re having an Oscar party, though, you’d best buy a few full-sized bottles. Your guests will want more than one of these drinks, trust me.

The envelope, please. And the winner for the best cocktail to drink during the Oscars goes to….

13 Comments

  • Estrella Blanca says:

    Yeah baby this looks dee-lish! And with luck, if I have enough of them, I’ll be totally plastered by the time Julia Roberts comes on!

  • This drink sounds delish! I think I might just have to make one (or three) when I’m taking notes for my snarky red carpet post. Thanks Thirsty Gal!

    • Monica says:

      It IS delish, Charlene- I had one last night and was sad when my glass was empty. I am looking forward to your Oscar snark report!

  • Georgia Worden says:

    Monica, you have inspired me to get to Bev Mo today so I can pick up what I need to go with the champagne and vodka that I have on hand. Your Thirdty Gals blog is Very Cool and I’m glad to be part of it! I’m also just like you when it comes to watching movies in a theater, (I even go by myself sometimes) and watching the Oscars every year! Can’t wait to make your drink! Cheers!

    • Georgia Worden says:

      I meant to say Thirsty Gals!

    • Monica says:

      Thanks, Georgia! You will love this drink, it is so tasty, but almost anything with Chambord in it is okay with me. If there are any drinks that you order in restaurants that you’d like me to recreate, let me know! Enjoy the show tomorrow night!

      • Georgia Worden says:

        Just mixed up the first batch for Oscar night. Yikes, it’s not even 5 yet! This drink is So Good! We could be in trouble! Naa we’ll pace ourselves. All Good and Yummy!

        • Monica says:

          Glad they turned out so well- hope you were able to stay up for the Best Picture announcement!

          • Georgia Worden says:

            It was easy to stay up, on the West Coast! Plus I had
            just seen Spotlight the night before with my daughter, Yvonne
            and found it more enjoyable than the Revenant, so we were happy! 😃
            Also, I know this is after the fact, but we just saw Bryan Cranston’s
            Movie and fell in love with Trumbo! What a Great Actor and What a Great Movie! I’m sure you’ve seen them All!
            Cheers to the Cinema!

          • Monica says:

            We saw Spotlight the day of the Oscars and I was also very happy it won. I haven’t seen Trumbo but I love Bryan Cranston and it is on my list. I also still need to see Room and Brooklyn, just gotta find the time!

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