What better way to revisit your fave flicks of 2011 than to listen to their soundtracks? The perfect music playlist for any Oscars party, the tunes from this year’s Best Film nominees offer something for everyone. Bonus: We’ve also included a signature cocktail recipe to go with each one!
Mix up some Mai Tais and have a few pals over for a luau-themed dinner party guaranteed to help you get through the dreary winter doldrums. With these mellow and transporting Hawaiian tunes playing in the background, you’ll be breezin’ in the wind in no time.
Ingredients: 1 oz. light rum, ½ oz dark rum, ½ oz. crème de almond, ½ oz. triple sec, pineapple juice to taste, 1 mini-umbrella and straw
Directions: Pour light rum, crème de almond and triple sec into a glass. Fill with pineapple juice to taste. Add dark rum, a straw and a mini-umbrella and serve in a Collins glass.
Vintage classics like Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again,” and Frankie Valli’s “Sherry” never get old, but they’ll sound even better on this thoroughly modern and sleek iPod dock. Since the film’s set in Mississippi, may we propose you mix up a creamy Mississippi Mudslide?
Ingredients: 1 oz. whole milk, 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur, 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream, 1 oz. vodka.
Directions: shake vigorously with ice and pour into an old fashioned glass.
Classic French songs drive this time traveling fantasy starring Owen Wilson as a hopeless romantic in Woody Allen’s latest masterpiece. Call on a little bit of classic French Cognac and stir up the sort of drinks you could see the characters sipping as they partied the night away in the City of Lights...
Spicy French Pear Cocktail
Ingredients: 1 ½ ounces cognac, 1 oz. pear brandy, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, ¾ oz. simple syrup, 2 dashes Tabasco.
Directions: Shake, strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
From Superman to Star Wars, John Williams is a prolific composer whose scores set the mood for the world’s most iconic films. In War Horse, the swells of strings and crashing percussion play off the drama of this inspirational tale of friendship. Serve up a World War 1–era cocktail like the classic Sidecar to complete the picture.
Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. VSOP Cognac, ¾ oz. Cointreau, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with orange peel.