With award season well underway, it’s time to get ready to pull the ultimate Oscar party together. Stars of the big screen will be going full glam, so there’s no reason not to bring the same A-quality game on your own.
We sought out some top bartenders around NYC to find golden-hued cocktails that will make everyone feel like a winner that night. Here are the drinks that received our nominations.
Champagne Pearls at Mister French
A toast is always in order when the winner grabs a golden statue, and what better way to celebrate than with a bit of champers? Created by Steven Mazzuca and Elvis Rosario for Mister French, this bubbly number combines Veuve Clicquot champagne with an organic house-made pear and saffron reduction, Marie Brizard Pear Williams cordial, and a dash of lavender bitters. It’s garnished with 3 pear-infused ice pearls (ice spheres) to provide the perfect finishing touch of glitz and glamour.
218 Bowery, New York, NY 10012; www.misterfrenchnyc.com
Nicky Paris at Pretty Ricky’s
Hollywood’s elites are generally considered society’s “pretty people,” but at Pretty Ricky’s in NYC everyone’s got that star quality. With cold beer, good spirits, and fine company, what more do you need? Maybe just the Nicky Paris cocktail made by beverage director Will Wyatt. A combination of pineapple juice, Linie Aquavit, Pandan syrup, lime juice, and Plantation Original Dark, the decadent ingredients are matched only by the unique presentation of a pebble-ice dome garnished with a lime wheel and a single pineapple in front and behind it.
101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002; www.prettyrickys.com
Newgroni at Ophelia
It’s common practice in Hollywood to remake classic movies with new directors and actors to deliver some fresh, modern-day takes. Sometimes they are successful—see “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; other times, not so much—see “Ben-Hur” with Jack Huston. The Newgroni from Amir Babayoff for Ophelia is a welcome addition to cocktails we crave that combines Tanqueray #10 with Tonka-infused Cocchi vermouth, Select Aperitivo, cardamom & cacao, orange foam, and Campari dust—a shining example of a stellar cast.
3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor, New York, NY 10017; www.opheliany.com
Red Carpet 75 at Liquor Lab
Making an entrance is one of the biggest parts of Hollywood’s big night. Greeting fans and paparazzi to pose for pics is the start of a long evening. Meanwhile, in NYC, cocktail lovers can play their own role as bartender at Liquor Lab where they can learn how to make delectable drinks like Red Carpet 75 by Nate Fishman. Featuring Santera Blanco, pineapple juice, lime and agave, this cocktail is topped with Prosecco and garnished with a luscious lemon twist.
138 Wooster St floor 2, New York, NY 10012; www.liquorlabnyc.com
The Northern Peach at The Polynesian
North Hollywood is home to the NoHo Arts District and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, so it’s only fitting that we highlight a delicious drink with a similar nomenclature—and this one is just peachy. Plus, we like how it looks and the fact that it’s easy to recreate at home. Nick Fogel (currently at The Polynesian) made The Northern Peach during his time at The Late Late. It features Crystal Head Vodka, natural peach juice, basil simple syrup and fresh basil leaves.
400 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036; www.thepolynesiantiki.com
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