When a movie is good, it makes me want to drink. Usually I crave something nostalgic of the film. After I saw The Help in theaters, I had a major hankering for fried chicken, and chocolate pie (which, if you’ve seen the film, is a peculiar longing). I settled on a tipsy tea, which I’ll be serving during the red carpet Oscars pre-show on Sunday.
During the main event, in order to ensure that my guests are able to spend every moment eyeing the TV, I’m pre-making a batch of “American Punch” from the book, Good Spirits, because even though several of the best picture nods are for Frenchie flicks, there are few things more patriotic than gathering to discuss the style of American royalty (and because it contains bourbon).
You’ll need a punch bowl, a lot of ice, a bottle of bourbon (750 ml), 8 ounces simple syrup, 4 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a bottle of champagne (750 ml), and a 2-liter bottle of ginger ale. Pour all of the ingredients over the ice, stir and serve in wine glasses. If you have time, muddled cherries add a nice touch and gives a pop of the signature Oscars hue.
What will you be drinking during the Oscars?