On Sunday, February 25, 2007, the 79th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will enamor millions the world over. While Ellen picks out her best tuxedo, PricewaterhouseCoopers counts the last votes, and the nominees pick out their red carpet-worthy frocks, one of L.A.'s hottest mixologists, Keith Andreen will be creating some magnificent red carpet cocktails of his own.
For those of us who can't imbibe with Oscar and friends, these delicious drinks are the next best thing. So try one of Keith's liquid masterpieces on Oscar Night in honor of your favorite stars and films, and you'll surely feel like a star!
Please be smart, don't drink and drive! Enjoy the following recipes in moderation and take a cab if you need one.
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Celebrating the arrival of ingnues like Jennifer Hudson and her performance in Dream Girls
Crack two duck eggs (or three brown eggs) and combine in a shaker with buttermilk, sugar, ground nutmeg and dry shake vigorously. Add in Starbucks Cream Liqueur, DeKuyper Amaretto Liqueur, DeKuyper Thrilla Vanilla French Vanilla Liqueur, DeKuyper Dark Crme de Cacao and dry shake vigorously again. Now add ice and shake for no less than 30 seconds. Serve over ice in a pint glass rimmed with chocolate powder. Top with a dollop of hand made vanilla whipped cream and sprinkle nutmeg on top with a light drizzle of chocolate syrup.
Celebrating the devil, the teacher and the queen on this year's Best Actress list
In an old fashioned glass, muddle the fresh mint, lime wedges, Angostura Bitters and simple syrup. In a separate shaker, vigorously shake Courvoisier VSOP, DeKuyper Triple Sec and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain into glass on top of muddle and fill with crushed ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a sugar dusted sprig of fresh mint.
Oscar or no Oscar, they are considered true masters of their craft: Martin Scorsese and Peter O'Toole
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously before serving up. Garnish with a six inch slice of granny smith apple peel using a channel knife. The martini glass should be rimmed with a dusting of caramelized sugar, sea salt and cayenne pepper which has been crushed into a powder using a grinder.
A salute to rising Mexican cinema and the artists propelling it to the limelight
Shake Sauza Tres Generaciones Aejo Tequila, DeKuyper Triple-Sec, powdered sugar and lime juice vigorously and serve up in a salt-rimmed martini glass. Float DeKuyper Pomegranate Liqueur and garnish with a lime wedge.
For those crooners and swooners who were nominated for this year's Academy Awards such as Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith and Eddie "My Girl Wants to Party All the Time" Murphy
Neatly put Raspberry puree in the bottom of a martini glass. Then sink the fresh berries into the puree. Now shake Absolut Vanilla, Absolut Kurant and DeKuyper Wilderberry Schnapps and very gently layer on top of the puree making sure not to disturb it. Float Champagne on top of the martini. When you're ready to drink, pour the POP Rocks! Blue Raspberry Candy in and listen to the drink as it sings to you while changing the drink's color.
From Forest to Leo, and Djimon too, here's a special nod to all sophisticated gents gracing this year's nominee list.
Shake vigorously with extra ice and serve up. Garnish with a large lemon twist.