5 Academy Awards-Inspired Cocktails To Celebrate the Oscar Nominees

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And the winner is….cocktails! This Oscar season, there are so many fabulous films to choose from so we are giving the gold statue to Matt Landes, founder Cocktail Academy in Los Angeles, who created chic, cinematic cocktails inspired by this year’s crop of Academy Award nominees.

These silver screen sips will be served up at the official WME Oscar party, so prepare to drink like the stars. Check out the recipes and Landes’ inspiration of each below. Now, just don’t slur your acceptance speech.

An American In Italy inspired by “Call Me By Your Name”


“The cinematography of the film plays up a pastel-inflected palette and we wanted to create a cocktail that was reminiscent of those Italian sun-drenched colors,” explains Landes. “To give the drink a younger, fresh outlook on an Italian classic we also used a California-made amaro that is bright and nuanced.”

2 oz Amaro Angeleno
1 oz blood Orange
Top with Housemade Rosemary-Sage Soda

Suburban Trip inspired by “Get Out”


“For this drink, we wanted to play on opposites,” Landes continues. “The film is a dichotomy of idyllic suburban life juxtaposed with the dark world that lurks beneath. Despite being a densely colored drink, the flavor and texture is frothy and creamy.”

2 oz Martell Blue Swift
.75 oz Lemon
.75 oz Molasses
1 Egg White
1 tsp of Activated Charcoal
Coffee Grinds, to garnish

Mama Don’t Preach inspired by “Lady Bird”


“A young, vibrant teenager with a protective mother is the premise of the film, but underneath there is a complex relationship fraught with love and adoration,” says Landes. “The drink builds on that – the cactus fruit represents Lady Bird’s passion and outspokenness while the gin and peppermint oil complement the stringent sharpness of her Catholic schooling and strained mother-daughter relationship.”

1 oz gin
.5 oz lemon
.5 oz cactus fruit syrup
Peppermint oil

Classified Experiment inspired by “The Shape of Water”


“Any color inspiration from a Guillermo Del Toro film is usually a vibrant blue (and occasionally red),” Landes says of the great director. “We wanted to instill the look of a murky ocean with dynamic flavor profiles underneath the surface. The green chartreuse is vegetal and sweet while the violette is floral and rich. The result is a cocktail that is complex and unique – appropriate for the film’s whimsical plot.”

2 oz Green Chartreuse
.75 oz Lemon
.5 oz Simple
.75 Crem de Violette
Chickpea Water
Seaweed Crisp

Cry For Justice inspired by “3 Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”


“The drink is direct and strong, just like the billboards that Mildred puts up throughout town,” compares Landes. “We wanted to showcase a fresh corn syrup to pay homage to Missouri and build from that – resulting in a drink that is an Americana-themed cocktail that is slightly modern, slightly Western, and full of punch.”

1 oz Rye
1 oz Applejack
.5 oz Fresh Corn Syrup
2 Dashes of Orange Bitters

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