The Golden Globes is without question my favorite awards show. It’s the first of the year and something to look forward to as the post-holiday reality sets in, along with winter’s chill. It’s also the most fun awards night—film and television stars—and clearly the drinks are flowing so it feels less serious and scripted than other presentations.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is presenting the 72nd Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan 11, so it’s time to create some specialty cocktails for the occasion. Anything with gold or bubbles will work, of course, but the sky is the limit for creativity. There’s still a few days to come up with something unique, but here are a few that have been submitted to Cheers.
The first, the Bijou Rouge, uses Moet & Chandon Imperial, the official Champagne of the awards that will be served throughout the celebration at the Beverly Hilton Sunday. It’s from culinary expert and writer Elettra Wiedemann—the daughter of award-winning actress Isabella Rossellini!
1 oz. Gin
¼ oz. Dry Curacao
3/8 oz. Sweet vermouth
2 dashes Orange bitters
Brandied cherry garnish (with a touch of the brandied cherry syrup)
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Champagne
Combine gin, Curacao, sweet vermouth and orange bitters in a cocktail shaker. Stir very well with ice, and strain into a coupe glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with brandied cherry.
Another comes from the folks at Casamigos Tequila, founded by longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. With Clooney set to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Globes, the Golden Amigo is a fitting tribute.
1 ½ oz. Casamigos Reposado tequila
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
¼ oz. Fresh orange juice
½ oz. Agave nectar
Shake ingredients with ice then strain and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange wedge
Finally, the mixologists at Skinnygirl Cocktails got created with three Golden Globe signature cocktail recipes inspired by movies nominated for an award.
Disappearing Act (For Gone Girl)
1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon vodka
¾ part Orange or citrus liqueur
1 ½ parts Lemon sour mix
3-4 Fresh (or thawed frozen) raspberries
Lemon wheel for garnish
Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, liqueur, sour mix and ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim.
The Theory of Thyme (For the Theory of Everything)
1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Cucumber vodka
1 ½ parts Lemonade
1 ½ parts Watermelon juice
Leaves stripped from a 2-in. sprig of fresh thyme, plus a small sprig for garnish
Fresh watermelon ball/slice for garnish
Combine the vodka, lemonade, juice, and thyme leaves with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Double-strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish on the rim with the thyme sprig speared into the melon ball.
Galaxy Gimlet (for Interstellar)
1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
Splash dry vermouth
Fresh olives for garnish
Shake ingredients with ice. Pour into Martini glass and garnish with fresh olives.