Oscar Inspired Cocktails For Your Viewing Party

cocktailsSunday marks one of the most glamorous events of the year -- The Academy Awards! So many people host viewing parties and serve golden Oscar inspired hors d'oeuvres and more. This year, Polar Seltzerhas wonderfully creative cocktails with tasty themes to pair with each nominated film!

“THE LORD OF LIGHT” – Inspired by Argo

Rose Water

Polar Cherry Pomegranate Seltzer

Simple Syrup infused with Cardamom

Garnish with mint, raspberries or pomegranate seeds In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add about a tablespoon of the cardamon syrup, then 1.5-2 ounces of the rose water. Shake and then strain into martini glass. Top with Polar Seltzer. Stir gently to combine.

Cardamom Simple Syrup Recipe:

1 part water

1 part sugar

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

In a saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and allow it to begin cooling. Once syrup is cool enough to be tasted (but before all the heat is gone) add cardamom.

The infusion happens quickly and at low heat.

“THE GREAT EMANCIPATOR” - Inspired by LINCOLN

Note* President Lincoln rarely drank alcohol (he preferred water) but he did enjoy apple pie and ginger bread...

Polar Granny Smith Apple Seltzer

Polar Premium Ginger Ale

Cinnamon sugar

Apple slices, garnish

Pour equal amounts of Polar seltzer and Polar ginger ale into a glass filled with freshly made. Garnish with apples and a dash of cinnamon sugar.

“THE EXCELSIOR” -Inspired by SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

2 oz Gin

1/3 oz Maraschino liqueur

1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice

1/4 oz Creme de Cassis

Polar Vanilla Seltzer

Lime, garnish

Combine in a shaker, shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with Polar Seltzer, stir gently so as not to bruise the delicate bubbles.

“UNCHAINED WESTERN” -Inspired by DJANGO UNCHAINED

2-3 chunks of frozen pineapple

1/2 oz. lemon juice

1 tsp. maraschino syrup

2 oz. rye whiskey

Polar Lemon Seltzer

Lemon twist, to garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pineapple, syrup, lemon juice and whiskey.

Add ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe, top with Polar Seltzer. Garnish with lemon twist.

“REVOLUTIONARY KIR” - Inspired by LES MISÉRABLES

A sparkling update on the classic French cocktail, the Kir Royale

4 parts French white wine

4 parts Polar Raspberry Lime Seltzer

1 part Créme de Cassis (Blackcurrant liqueur or syrup )

Blackberries, optional garnish

In an old fashioned coupe glass, add the currant liqueur or syrup and then

the wine, and then the Polar Seltzer. Garnish if you wish.

“THE SPARKLING BAYOU”-Inspired by BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

1 lemon wedge

2 sprigs fresh mint

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

1/4 cup grape juice

Ice cubes made with filtered water and various berries

Polar Blueberry Seltzer

1 small bunch Concord grapes, for serving

Place lemon and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker; add sugar and

muddle to combine. Add grape juice. Fill shaker with ice; cover and shake to

combine. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Strain into prepared rocks glass and

top with Polar Seltzer; garnish with concord grapes and serve immediately.

“ACROSS THE ATLANTIC” - Inspired by  LIFE OF PI

A drink that is as exotic and eclectic as elements of the film.

1 large slice crystallized ginger

4 splashes bitters

Polar Vanilla Seltzer

Julienne ginger and add to glass. Add bitters, and then Polar Seltzer just

before serving. Stir gently.

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