• By: Keith Whittier

Celebrating the Women of the Oscars

The glitz, the glamour, the gowns!

This time of year can only mean one thing–award season! Hollywood’s biggest night is almost here, and OLM has a fun way to mix up your Oscar party!

This years Academy Award nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role have all delivered outstanding performances. Why not celebrate these incredible women with a signature cocktail on Oscar night?

Pick one to represent your favourite performance, or make them all for your guests to choose from, its up to you!

Take a look at the nominees and make your prediction before the big night arrives!

Rosamund Pike
Gone Girl
Based on the hit novel of the same name, Pike portrays the role of Amy Dunne, a young wife who disappears from her quiet Missouri neighbourhood under suspicious circumstances. Pike’s bone-chilling, jaw-dropping performance builds a multidimensional character that manages to be both likeable and terrifying.

Rosamund Pike: English RoseEnglish Rose

1.5 oz. Iceberg Vodka
3-4 oz. Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water or your favourite tonic water
1 oz. Rose’s Lime Cordial
Grapefruit Zest
Lime Wedge
Rose Petals

Pour Iceberg Vodka into a chilled martini glass with ice
Add Rose’s Lime Cordial and Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water or your favourite tonic water
Stir gently, then garnish with grapefruit zest and lime wedge
Add rose petals around the bottom of the glass, for presentation

Marion Cotillard
Two Days, One Night
In Two Days, One Night, Cotillard is nominated for her performance of Sandra, a factory worker who has two days to convince her colleagues to forego their bonuses so that she can keep her job. Another stunning performance from this celebrated actress.

The French KissMarion Cotillard: The French Kiss

2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
0.5 oz. Chambord
1 tbsp. Simple Syrup (equal parts boiled water and sugar)
2 tbsp. Cranberry Juice
3 Raspberries
Lime Wedge

Muddle four raspberries in a cocktail shaker, then add ice, Iceberg Vodka, Chambord, simple syrup and cranberry juice
Shake well and strain into a rocks glass with ice
Garnish with raspberries and lime wedge

Reese Witherspoon
In one of the most anticipated films of the year, Witherspoon’s performance in Wild does not disappoint. Her portrayal of Cheryl, a young woman determined to reclaim control of her life by undertaking a thousand-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, is spectacularly emotional and deeply inspiring.

Southern CharmReese Witherspoon: Southern Charm

2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
2 oz. Apple Cider
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar and boiled water)
Apple Slice
Cinnamon Powder
Cinnamon Stick

Combine sugar and cinnamon powder in a separate dish
Dampen the edge of a chilled martini glass and rim with the sugar and cinnamon
Combine Iceberg Vodka, cider and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake well, and strain into the martini glass
Garnish with an apple slice, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick

Julianne Moore
Still Alice
As Alice Howland in Still Alice, Julianne Moore plays a college professor and mother of three grown children who receives a diasnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Moore’s exquisite, tear-jerking performance in this role is devastatingly heart breaking.

The Seasoned VeteranJulianne Moore: The Seasoned Veteran

1 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1/2 cup Spicy Tomato-Vegetable Juice (V-8)
2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1 dash Hot Sauce
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
1 stalk of Celery
1 stalk of Asparagus
Lemon Wedge

Salt the rim of a short glass and fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add Iceberg Vodka, spicy tomato vegetable juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce, salt and pepper to your preference and shake well
Strain into the glass and garnish with a celery stalk, asparagus stalk and wedge of lemon

Felicity Jones
The Theory of Everything
Felicity Jones is nominated for her portrayal of Jane, a young woman whose undying love for brilliant scientist Steven Hawking helps him to defy a prognosis of motor neuron disease. Jones’s performance is touching and sweet and she faces the unthinkable challenges that life has brought her way.

Felicity Jones: The EvergreenThe Evergreen

8 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1 English Cucumber
1/2 cup Fresh Mint Leaves (loosely packed)
2 tsps. Granulated Sugar
2 tbsps. Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz. Orange Liqueur
Soda Water
4 Mint Leaves

Cut 4 thin spears of the cucumber for garnish
Peel the remainder of the cucumber and quarter lengthwise
Scrape out seeds with a spoon and discard
Coarsely chop cucumber, then puree in a food processor until smooth and strain
Muddle fresh mint for 10 seconds in a cocktail shaker, then add sugar, lime juice and ice
Shake well; add cucumber juice, Iceberg Vodka, and orange liqueur
Shake again and strain into four glasses filled with ice; add soda water to fill glassses
Garnish with cucumber spears and additional mint leaves.

Who do you predict will take home the prize this year? Let us know!

Enjoy the show, Ottawa Lifers!

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