I adore Oscars Season. The movies, the glitz, the fashion, the glamor, the festivities….
And like the Superbowl, I usually do a spread of my picks for the awards.
At this point, I’ve watched 7 out of the 9 nominees for Best Picture. Not too shabby right?
And since I’m having a little shindig at mi casa to watch the event, my pals and I attempted to create a menu as an homage to some of the films:
- Parisian Macarons for Les Miserables
- Cajun Andouille Sausage Dip for Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Free Range Chicken Sliders for Lincoln
- Southern Corn Cakes for Django Unchained
- Roasted Garlic Hummus for Zero Dark Thirty
To pair with our Oscars bites, I wanted to serve my guests with a cocktail…..or two, or three.
As my nod to Life of Pi, I’ll be shakin’ up a refreshing cocktail using Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh tangerines, limes, raw sugar, mint and a good dose of sparkling wine. Peppery, bright, refreshing, and just plain lovely. After much consultation from my cocktail lovin’ peeps, I’ve dubbed this concoction, the Sparkling Tangerine Tiger.
However you choose to cerebrate, hope y’all enjoy the Oscars tomorrow—I know we will!
Sparkling Tangerine Tiger Cocktail
1/2 tangerine, cut into small wedges
1/2 lime, cut into small wedges
10 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon raw sugar
2 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire
6 ounces sparkling wine
*garnish with additional mint leaves, lime wedges and tangerine wedges
In a shaker, muddle the tangerine, lime, mint and sugar. Add the gin and shake well.
Fill two glasses with ice. Strain and divide the liquids amongst the two glasses. Top each glass with 1/2 of the sparkling wine. Garnish with citrus wedges and mint leaves.