Welcome to the annual addendum to our Academy Awards preview article. As you watch each of the Oscar-nominated films, please allow us to make some pairing suggestions to enhance your experience. A special thanks to friends at 10,000 Drops in Faribault and Loon Liquors in Northfield for the suggestions.
The Shape of Water
You’re just a man or woman in love with a fishman or fishwoman. You need something to make you as audacious and unrelentingly passionate as Sally Hawkins in a bathroom brimming with water. You need something to make you as bold as Guillermo Del Toro, who said ‘why shouldn’t mermen have genitals?’
Seas of the World
1.5 oz 10,000 Drops Silver Rum
1 oz Soho Lychee Liqueur
1 oz lime juice
1 thin slice habanero pepper (muddled)
1 slice blood orange (muddled)
Rim glass with sea salt, sugar, and cayenne. Build all ingredients in glass and serve.
You’re just a young one trying to deal with the pains of life and a mom who just really doesn’t get you. You’re also too smart for these extremely self-involved classmates, but you’re too forward-looking to notice what you’ve got right in front of you. You need a drink to match your best friend – something adorable and loving.
Oh Fer Cute
1.5 oz Loon Liquors Loonshine Whiskey
2 oz Cranberry Juice
Bubbly (your discretion)
1 wedge lime
Combine the Loonshine and cranberry juice in a glass filled with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with bubbly and squeeze the lime wedge over top.
You’re doomed. You’re completely trapped – maybe you’re on a remote French beach with Nazi troops infiltrating from every direction or maybe you’re on a lonely couch with bouts of depression and/or anxiety ready to pummel your interior. Regardless, you need a cocktail that can match the havoc about to ensue.
Scratch Bloody Mary
1.5 oz 10,000 Drops Naked Whiskey
Splash of olive juice
Splash of pickle juice
1 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning
Dash black pepper
1/2 oz Worcester
1 tsp Hienz 57
5 shakes of Tabasco
Top with a mild Bloody Mary mix and serve.
Call Me By Your Name
Things are getting hot and heavy. You’re embroiled in a romance that feels too wrong, but oh so right. Nothing around you makes sense, except the purest feelings of lust and romance. You need something a little sweet, a little bitter.
Call Me By My Rosemary
2 oz Loon Liquors MetropoliGin
0.75 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup
0.5 oz lemon
Dash of bitters
Shake and strain. Serve in chilled coupe glass. Mix it up and serve.
The Phantom Thread
You’re under pressure. All your friends know you’re the queen/king of fashion, and they’re constantly expecting you to set the trends. You’re panicking on Oscar night. Should you bust out the new strapless crop top or keep it classic in a red dress? Should you keep it casual in a cool printed sweatshirt or class it up in a slick button-up with the perfect-fitted pants? Don’t ask us, but here’s your drink, at least.
Grapefruit and Ginger Punch
1 1/2 cups 10,000 Drops Spiced Rum
1 bottle Cava
2 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
2 12-ounce bottles of ginger beer
1 grapefruit thinly sliced
1 handful of mint leaves
Add cava, rum, juice, and ginger beer to punch bowl. Add ice. Mix in mint leaves and grapefruit slices.
You’re the odd person out, here. You’re at someone else’s party, and everyone seems friendly, but there is something weeeeiiiirrrd going on. At this point, you’re OK with standing out, because fitting in would mean being part of something that just isn’t right.
Get Out, That’s an Awesome White Russian
2 oz Loon Liquors Lac Coeur, Coffee Liqueur
1 oz Wheaton Barley Vodka
2 oz Half and Half
Stir over ice. Serve with ice in low ball glass.
By Philip Weyhe