Hollywood inspires a lot in us. It’s films make us laugh, turn us tense and drive us to tears. It’s actors and actresses show us what hard work is while simultaneously making us gawk at their seemingly luxurious lifestyle. Particularly in the UK, the area’s more-than-agreeable weather inspires envy. But it’s not just the everyday film-lover or gossip follower that Tinseltown tantalizes. Hollywood also inspires cocktail artists! Here are seven cocktails that were made for seven Oscar-winning films of the past decade.
THE QUEEN (2006) - ROYAL TEA
Helen Mirren’s performance as Queen Elizabeth II is astounding, and rightly so, she took home the Oscar for best actress at the 79th Academy Awards, the only one of the film’s six nominations that won. Mirren had such an attachment to the role which garnered her over 30 awards nominations around the world that she dedicated her Golden Globe and her Oscar to the real Queen. In turn, Beefeater made this cocktail to dedicate to the film.
- 2 parts Beefeater Gin
- 2 parts brewed and chilled Earl Grey Tea
- squeeze of lemon juice
- spoonful of sugar
- lime wheels for garnish
Preparation: Pour into Old Fashioned glass filled with ice, stir, garnish
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008) - BENJAMIN’S AGE REVERSER
Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in this romance film about a man who ages backwards and the woman he loves all through his backwards life. At the 81st Academy Awards, it received 13 nominations, winning three for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects. This cocktail dedicated by 10 Cane Rum for the film employs the detoxifying fruit, the pomegranate, to make you feel like you’re reversing your age all while watching Pitt age in reverse.
BENJAMIN’S AGE REVERSER
- 2 oz. 10 Cane Rum
- 1 oz. pomegranate juice
- 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- dash of simply syrup
- pomegranate seeds or lemon twist for garnish
Preparation: combine all ingredients in a mixing glass on ice, shake, strain into Martini glass, garnish with pomegranate seeds or lemon twist.
THE DEPARTED (2006) - THE DEPARTINI
After decades in the film industry, Martin Scorsese finally brought home the prize that had eluded him throughout his career - Best Director. With such masterpieces as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas under his belt, it’s surprising to think that Scorsese had to wait until 2007. The Departed won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Writing. The cocktail dedicated to the film prepared by Tequila Tezon didn’t win any cocktail awards but it’s still a tasty accompaniment to watching The Departed.
- 2 parts Tequila Tezon Reposado
- 1 part Martell Cognac
- 1 part Cointreau
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- squeeze of lime juice
- lemon wedge - garnish
Preparation: Shake all ingredients in ice-filled cocktail shaker, strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon wedge
BLACK SWAN (2010) - TWISTED SWAN
“Twisted” is certainly one word that could be used to describe this psychological thriller about an ambitious New York ballerina portrayed by Natalie Portman. Portman took home the Best Actress Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards, no doubt inspiring a number of aspiring actresses. She also helped inspire this sweet, tequila-based cocktail made for the film.
- 1 1/2 oz. Black Raspberry Liqueur
- 1 oz. Maestro Dobel Tequila
- 1/2 oz. amaretto
Preparation: Shake tequila and amaretto together with ice, strain into chocolate-rimmed martini glass, shake raspberry liqueur with ice and layer on top of the tequila and amaretto mixture.
INCEPTION (2010) - COBB’S COGNAC DREAM
The plot of Inception is all based on dreams, dreams within dreams and shared dreams. Inception is literally planting ideas in a person’s subconscious, a process that the protagonists in the film use for corporate espionage. The dedicated cocktail was dreamed up by a now-closed bar in New York City’s Meatpacking District, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to dream to get a taste of it - just mix it at home while watching Leo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Dom Cobb in Inception, which won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects at the 83rd Oscars.
COBB’S COGNAC DREAM
- 1 part Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
- 1 part rum
- 2 parts rosé wine
- Exotic fruits
Preparation: Combine all ingredients and stir in a wine glass over ice, garnish with exotic fruits.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) - KILLER COCO CHAI
Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, Hollywood directors known best for their dark comedies, took a very different approach in making the Javier Bardem-led thriller, No Country for Old Men. The film garnered the sibling directors the Best Director Oscar as well as Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Bardem and Best Adapted Screenplay and inspired this sweet, rum-based drink.
KILLER COCO CHAI
- 1 part Malibu rum
- 2 parts brewed chai tea
- 1 part white chocolate liqueur
- Raspberry for garnish
Preparation: combine the rum, liqueur and cooled, brewed tea in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake, strain into flute, garnish with raspberry.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) - THERE WILL BE RUM
One of Tinseltown’s greatest actors hails not from the warm hills of Hollywood but from London. Daniel Day Lewis took home the Best Actor statue for this film inspired by the 1927 novel Oil! by American author Upton Sinclair. The film centers around Lewis’ quest to draw oil from the ground during the California oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He drew a lot of blood during the film and hopefully relaxed by drawing himself up one of these cocktails dedicated to the film.
THERE WILL BE RUM
- 1 ounce Malibu rum
- 1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice
- dash of grenadine syrup
- Mumm’s Champagne
- Strawberry slice for garnish
Preparation: Shake the rum, grapefruit juice and grenadine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into flute, fill with Champagne, garnish with strawberry slice