Oscar Weekend!

It is almost Oscar Night and we are "auditioning" drinks for the occasion.  I recently got this neat little cocktail book called Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist by Tim Federle. What better time to try the recipes than Oscar weekend! 

The book discusses favorite movies and pairs them with themed cocktails.  Among the inspired drinks are Citizen Grain, A Sidecar Named Desire, Star Wars:The Empire Likes Jack and Harry Potter and the Gimlet of Fire (We may have to celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday with that one!). For Oscar weekend we decided to try Bonnie and Mudslide, inspired by the 1968 movie, Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. 

Bonnie and Clyde is one of our favorite classic movies.  According to IMDb.com, this movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1968, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.  Estelle Parsons won for Best Supporting Actress and Burnett Guffey won for Cinematography.  Do you know who won the Oscar for Best Movie in 1968? See the answer below. 

We tried the recipe in the book and it was delish, but a bit strong.  Here is our version:

Bonnie and Clyde Mudslide

1 ounce vodka 
2 ounces Kahlua
1 ounce skim milk 

Pour vodka and Kahlua over ice in a rocks glass.  Slowly pour in milk.  Stir. 

It is a very good coffee flavored drink.  We decided that would be excellent served with a dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate syrup drizzled over the top. (But we think EVERYTHING would be better with whipped cream and chocolate syrup!) Unfortunately we didn't have either one. We definitely need to stock our refrigerator a little better next time!

Here is our little cocktail all dressed up and ready for Oscar Night! 

Silly, huh!?! 

So inspired by the movie themed cocktails in the book, I decided to try to come up with a cocktail or party snack based on one of this year's nominees. So, I went online to check the list of Oscar nominated movies for 2016.  I have seen a grand total of zero of the nominated movies!  (Perhaps I need to get out more...) Maybe next year! 

Did you know who won the Best Picture Oscar for 1968?  If you guessed "In the Heat of the Night", you are correct! 

I hope you enjoy watching the Oscars this Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by! 



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