6 Old Hollywood Cocktails for Your Oscars Viewing Party


From red carpet interviews and designer ball gowns to acceptance speeches and parties, the Academy Awards are hard to resist watching. And we’ve found that the best way to enjoy the show is with a bunch of friends and, of course, a delicious cocktail in hand.

While any good cocktail will do, we’ve discovered a number of recipes that are inspired by classic movie stars. So since the actors and actresses aren’t the only stars in movies, we’ve done some research on the Golden Age of Hollywood and its classic Oscars cocktails. This year, elevate your Oscars viewing party by mixing up one of these delicious old Hollywood cocktails and raise a glass to all the nominees — and Neil Patrick Harris! Lights, camera, cheers!

Hollywood Martinis


When you think of movies and martinis, you probably think about James Bond and his vodka martini — shaken, not stirred. Truth be told, throughout the 007 series this is James’ preferred drink and besides champagne, the classic martini is consumed by Bond in over 20 instances.

But let’s not forget about the other original martinis of Hollywood: the Gibson and the dirty martini. These cocktails were introduced in classic Hollywood movies and created catchphrases of their own. In the movie The Major and the Minor (1942), Robert Benchley says this famous one-liner to Ginger Rogers: “You should get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini.” Then in the movie All About Eve (1950), Bette Davis drinks a Gibson Martini and while holding the cocktail says the famous line, “Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy night.”

With such glamour and history, we think the best salute to 87 years of the Academy warrants an elegant martini bar for your awards party. With recipe cards and the simplest of ingredients, your guests will be shaking & stirring their way into Hollywood’s Golden Age in no time.

For all Martinis:

Tools: Cocktail shaker, ice, strainer & garnishes. Recipe cards for instructions (optional)

Gibson Martini

  • 2 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • Splash of dry vermouth (use the bottle’s cap, fill halfway and add)
  • Cocktail onion

Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with pearl onion.

Classic Martini

  • 2-1/2 oz. Vodka
  • Splash of dry vermouth (use the bottle’s cap, fill halfway and add)
  • Twist of lemon rind

Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Dirty Martini

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • Splash of dry vermouth  {use the bottle’s cap, fill halfway and add}
  • 1/2 oz. olive juice from jar
  • 1-3 green cocktail olives

Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with two olives.

Here’s Looking at You: The French 75

The French 75Source: ringfingertanline.com

In it’s heyday, Casablanca (1942) won three Oscars: Best Picture, Directing, and Writing Adapted for a Screenplay. In total, it was nominated for five Oscars including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Original Musical Score. Did you know that a cocktail played a key role in the film as well? Named for a French field artillery gun used in WWI, this cocktail – the French 75 – is all attitude and glamour. Three parts bite, one part sugar, this drink is bittersweet — just like the ending of the classic film. Feature this gin and champagne infusion at your party and “Here’s looking at you, kid!”

Whiskey Sours & Marilyn

Whiskey SoursSource: myrecipes.com

In The Seven Year Itch (1955), Marilyn Monroe seems a little odd when she dunks potato chips in champagne while her neighbor, played by Tom Ewell, explains his solution for replacing the meals his wife failed to cook for him: “I’m perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had two peanut butter sandwiches and two whiskey sours.” When it comes to Oscars cocktails, this delicious (and low calorie!) Whiskey Sour Punch may not be potato-chip-dunk-worthy, but it will certainly keep your guests happy.

Anything but Old Fashioned

Old FashionedSource: thebeautifulist.com

In the treasured classic film, Father of the Bride (1950), Spencer Tracy throws a wedding announcement party for his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) and makes a fulll tray of martinis because he’s sure that “this is the cocktail that everyone is drinking.” Unfortunately, just as he’s about to leave the kitchen to serve the cocktails, his guests walk in and order Old Fashioneds instead. We all love the story that follows, as much as we love this cocktail.

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2014 and will take place Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. We hope these Oscars cocktails and the little tidbits of old Hollywood history inspire you to glam-it-up for your viewing party.


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