Winning Awards Night Cocktails

By Ellie Sher Feb 22, 2013

Don't be fooled by a collection of old fashioned cocktails, because these age-old favorites are anything but past their prime. Serve these tried and true drinks at your home-viewing Oscar party, and your academy will award them winners.

Best Picture: Cosmopolitan

This frothy pink cocktail gets its hue from fresh cranberry juice and vodka. The popularity of Cosmos has taken the nation by storm, which is reason enough for its sweeping victory.

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Best Actor in a Leading Role: Manhattan

Whiskey takes on a starring role in this beverage named for one of New York City's prized boroughs. Along with bitters, vermouth, and a maraschino cherry, whiskey or in many instances rye, outshines the other nominees.

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Best Dressed: Kir Royale

This ruby-tinted beauty looks radiant while sporting the season’s hot color: bordeaux. Topped with champagne and a touch of seltzer, this festive pick is simply effervescent.

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Best Director: Old Fashioned

A refreshing citrus component leads this favorite cocktail to victory. Bitters, sugar, and orange peel bring out bourbon’s best qualities so that it effortlessly melds with its costars.

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Best Supporting Actor: Martini

Vermouth and gin share the spotlight in this no-fuss choice. Though martinis have seen many menus across the ages, they're not going out of style any time soon.

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Fan Favorite: Whiskey Sour

This celebration staple combines whiskey, lemon, and a touch of sweetness. The classic sugared rim gives this citrusy winner exceedingly high marks.

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