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Cocktail of the Week: Cocktail Academy’s Oscar-Inspired Drinks

15th February 2019 // By Lauren Hill

Ahead of this year’s Oscars ceremony, Los Angeles’ Cocktail Academy has come up with a series of drinks inspired by the Academy Awards Best Picture nominees for you to sip on at your own awards season parties.

Fit for a Queen, inspired by The Favourite

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 0.5 oz strawberry-infused blanc vermouth
  • 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz earl grey syrup
  • Champagne to top

To create this Oscar-inspired cocktail, first add all ingredients, except champagne, to a shaker tin and fill it with ice. Shake then double strain into a flute. Top the glass up with champagne and add a strawberry slice as the garnish. Explaining the inspiration behind the drink, the founder of the Cocktail Academy, Matt Landes, tells us: “The Favourite is all about competing for the affections and access to power. Looking at the time-period when the film takes place and the cheeky nature of Lanthimos’ film, we were inspired to great a drink that was decadent and over the top. The fizzy nature and dark tea notes represent the dual facades the two leads (Emma Stone and Rachel Weiss) must play when tending to Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and her needs.”