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Oscar Party 2012
February 26, 2012 7 PM
The Red Herring, next door to Images Cinema
Watch the Academy Awards broadcast in style! DJ Karl Mullen will MC, mixologist Brent Heeringa will serve up designer cocktails, and compete in the "Pick-the-Winner" contest to win a year of free movies! Prizes will be given for formal wear, best Oscar speeches, and more.
Corpse Reviver No. 84
Gin, Cointreau, St. Germain, Lemon Juice, Wormwood Bitters
Corpse Revivers are a family of pre-prohibition cocktails meant to reinvigorate one’s spirit on the morning after a night of heavy celebration. But why not get a head start and simply include it in the party? Here we take the best of the revivers, the Corpse Reviver No. 2 -- equal parts gin, Cointreau, Kina Lillet, and lemon juice (and a dash of absinthe) -- and substitute St. Germain for the Kina Lillet and wormwood bitters for the absinthe. The wormwood bitters serve double duty by imparting the bitter of the Kina Lillet and the anise of the absinthe. The result is no longer a No. 2 but it’s good enough to be a No. 84 in honor of the 84th Academy Awards.
Midnight in Brooklyn
Rye, Dry Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Averna
It’s hard to resist a good Manhattan -- 2 parts rye, 1 part sweet vermouth, a few dashes of aromatic bitters -- but it’s also important to remember the other boroughs when it’s time to tipple. Enter the Brooklyn. Rye, dry vermouth, and a few shakes of maraschino and Amer Picon combine to form a well-balanced, spirit-forward, and aromatic cocktail. Since the French bitter Amer Picon has not been available in the United States for some time, our version substitutes the Sicilian amaro Averna. The result is a Brooklyn variation that tastes delicious not only at the beginning of an evening, but also as the clock approaches midnight.
Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Chambord, Housemade Grenadine, Black Walnut Bitters
Sometimes it’s best to work within well-established parameters. Take the sour -- a family of cocktails that includes the daiquiri, the margarita, the side car, and the aviation. The formula is simple: take some booze, add a little citrus and some sugar water, shake with ice, and strain into a chilled glass. The result is almost always refreshing. Here we use bourbon, lemon juice, and raspberry liqueur, and add just a splash of grenadine and bitters to tie it all together in a knot suitable for an awards ceremony.