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6 Winning Cocktails to Sip While Watching the 2019 Academy Awards

6 Winning Cocktails to Sip While Watching the 2019 Academy Awards

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It’s that time of year again! On February 24, the biggest stars in Hollywood will gather at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 91st annual Academy Awards.

Some of this year’s nominations have already made historyRoma’s Best Picture nod is the first for Netflix, Spike Lee finally earned a best director nomination for BlacKkKlansmanLady Gaga is the second person ever (after Mary J. Blige in 2018) to be nominated for both Best Original Song and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for A Star is BornBlack Panther is the first superhero flick up for Best Picture and Yalitza Aparicio is the first Latina Best Actress nominee in over a decade.

Also notable is the fact that this year’s Oscars will go on without a host for the first time since 1989. Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from the role in December 2018 due to the major backlash he received after homophobic Tweets he wrote between July 2009 and January 2011 resurfaced. Thankfully, a slew of awesome presenters, such as AwkwafinaDaniel CraigJennifer LopezChadwick BosemanJames McAvoyMelissa McCarthyJason Momoa and Sarah Paulson will be there to ensure that the show goes on. And there’s no reason you can’t host your own viewing party — complete with delicious cocktails.

On February 13, Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan invited Us to Las’ Lap, the cocktail bar he co-owns in New York City’s Lower East Side, and taught Us how to make the perfect cocktail to sip as you watch the night’s biggest moments (Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing! The rumored Avengers reunionGlenn Close possibly nabbing her first trophy!) unfold.

“The drink sounds tough, but it’s actually pretty easy to put together,” the Creed star, 32, told Us. It involves muddling, which Jordan says is “my favorite part of the process.” It also incorporates Bacardi, St. Germain and Prosecco, so the Us Weekly’s Hottest Hunks nominee and rum connoisseur warns: “This drink is delicious, but strong.”

Scroll through the gallery to get the recipe for The King Cuatro cocktail, plus more five more cocktails from Benham’s gin and Dear Irving on HudsonOpens a New Window.mixologist Meaghan Dorman inspired by nominated flicks!

The King Cuatro


1.5 oz Bacardí Añejo Cuatro

0.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur

0.25 oz honey

0.75 oz lemon juice

2 blackberries

Martini & Rossi prosecco

Blackberry-speared purple orchid, for garnish


Muddle blackberries in a tin, and pour in all cocktail ingredients. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Prosecco and garnish with a blackberry-speared purple orchid.

Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for BACARDI rum.

king cuatro

A Star is Born Gin Fizz


1.5 oz Benham’s gin

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

0.5 oz simple syrup

1 oz chilled Zonin Prosecco

Lemon twist, for garnish


Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds; strain into glass and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Courtesy of Benham’s gin

bengham gin

Hectic G&T (Inspired by ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’)


1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin

.5 oz Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

5 oz Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic


Combine ingredients in a wine glass or a Spanish G&T goblet over ice and stir. Garnish with lime, lemon and grapefruit wheels.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

Hectic G&T

Hacienda Highball (Inspired by ‘Roma’)


1.5 oz Sombra Mezcal

1.5 oz pineapple juice

3 oz Fever-Tree Citrus Tonic

lime wedge, squeezed


Add all ingredients to an ice-filled Collins glass and stir to combine. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

hacienda highball

Long Road Home (Inspired by ‘The Green Book’)


1.5 oz Slane Irish Whiskey

4 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

.25 oz lime juice

.25 oz Cherry Heering liqueur


Add whiskey, ginger beer and lime juice to an ice-filled Collins glass. Drizzle Cherry Heering over the top of the finished cocktail. Garnish with lime wedge.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

Long Road Home

Backseat Boss (Inspired by ‘Vice’)


1.5 oz Bertoux Brandy

.5 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur

4 oz Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic


Add ingredients to an ice-filled Collins glass, stir to combine. Garnish with three lemon wheels placed down the side of the glass.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

Backseat Boss