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Oscars 2014: Cocktails to Pair with Best Picture Nominations

on 18/02/14 at 10:33 am

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at-lunch-danny-and-jordan-have-a-martini-drinking-contest-until-one-of-them-passes-outTime to get gussied up and pass out the ballots. You may not be invited to next Sunday’s 86th annual Academy Awards, but the front-row couch at home is the perfect spot to catch glimpses of glitz — and sip a few inspired cocktails.

Whether you’ll be rooting for “Gravity” with a tequila-based Out of this World or prefer clutching an updated version of the 1970s Harvey Wallbanger to accompany your “American Hustle” hurrahs, we’ve got you covered with a cocktail menu that celebrates some of the best picture nominees — and a best music (original score) nominee we couldn’t resist.

Here are five cocktails created by some of the Bay Area’s finest mixologists.


Brentwood’s Manny Hinojosa, national mixologist for Bacardi USA, has a soft spot for “Gravity” and its director, Alfonso Cuarón. “We’re almost the same age and grew up in the same part of Mexico City,” Hinojosa says. In the spirit of the motherland, and its, er, national spirit, Hinojosa suggests a spicy tequila-based cocktail to represent the heart-pounding, astronaut drama-thriller. Out of this World features Tequila Cazadores Reposado 100 percent Blue Agave, unfiltered apple juice, ginger beer and a dash of chipotle powder. Hinojosa suggests setting up a tostada bar for your guests to pile on the grub as they sip and cast their votes.