Oscar Viewing Party with Cointreau Cocktails

Sponsored by  Cointreau

Sponsored by Cointreau

You guys know I love to entertain and invite friends over for a relaxing evening. I've hosted Oscars viewing parties many times in the past, and I enjoy mixing it up every year. This awards season, I’m using new recipes inspired by the nominated films from Cointreau.

I make some of my "go-to" hors d'oeuvres, like deviled eggs (maybe with a touch of caviar since it's a glamorous night), a fancy popcorn (it IS movie night after all!) something sweet (try my white chocolate crispy rice bars below) and then add in a variety of new movie-inspired cocktails. This year, I’m so excited to partner with Cointreau and I’ll be using recipes from their new Cointreau Awards Night Cocktail Collection — all unique recipes inspired by this year's nominees and most-talked about films, as well as classic movies.

I had a chance to sample all of them already (how could I resist??) and a few of my favorites are the Wakanda Forever inspired by Black Panther and the Singapore Fling cocktail inspired by Crazy Rich Asians. At any party, cocktails get things going and make things more festive.  With these recipes, your party guests will still be talking about your soiree the next day! 


Chinese Five-Spice Popcorn

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. popcorn kernels

  • 2 T canola oil

  • 2 T sugar

  • 1 T Chinese five-spice powder (available in most grocery stores)

  • 1 t. salt

  • 1 T unsalted butter, melted

  • Edible gold glitter


Instructions

Combine corn, oil, sugar, five-spice powder, and salt in a pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. When corn begins to pop, turn heat to medium-low. Shake constantly until popping slows. Remove from heat (careful — it can burn easily), transfer to bowl, and drizzle with butter and sprinkle with edible gold glitter.


White Chocolate and Cranberry Crispy Rice Squares

 

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing baking dish

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 

  • 1 bag large marshmallows 

  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal 

  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup dried cranberries 

  • Edible gold glitter sprinkles, for garnish


Instructions

Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large microwaveable bowl, microwave the butter and marshmallows for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave an additional minute. Stir in 4 cups of the cereal. Add 1 cup of the white chocolate chips, the cranberries and remaining 2 cups cereal. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and use your fingers to spread the mixture evenly into the dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and use your fingers to push the chips into the cereal mixture. Garnish with the gold glitter sprinkles.

Let cool, cut into squares and store in an airtight container.


Wakanda Forever 

Inspired by  “Black Panther”

 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Cointreau

  • 2 oz mezcal

  • 1 oz fresh lime

  • .25 oz fresh orange

  • 3 blackberries


Instructions

Muddle blackberries in a shaker with Cointreau. Add remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass rimmed with smoked salt.


Acceptance Speech

A glowing, gold envelope-worthy spritz.

 
This spritz is so refreshing and the Cointreau is perfectly complemented by the elderflower. Edible gold leaf gives it that extra wow factor.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Cointreau

  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit

  • 3 oz elderflower tonic

  • 2 oz Prosecco

  • Pinch edible gold leaf


Instructions

Build in glass over ice and stir to combine. Garnish with grapefruit or orange peel. 


Sparkling Margarita 

Toast to awards night with this sparkling take on the classic

 
A margarita is my go-to cocktail and I love the twist of using bubbly to make it all the more festive.

Ingredients

  • .75 oz Cointreau

  • 1 oz blanco tequila

  • .5 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 shake edible pearlescent powder

  • 1 bar spoon simple syrup

  • Sparkling wine


Instructions

Add ingredients into shaker and fill with ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled flute. Top with sparkling wine, garnish with lime twist.


Singapore Fling

Inspired by  “Crazy Rich Asians”

 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Cointreau

  • 1 oz Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

  • .75 fresh lemon

  • 3 lychee fruits


Instructions

Muddle lychee in shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain over ice.


Searching for Spots

Inspired by  “Isle of Dogs”

 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Cointreau

  • 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice

  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice


Instructions

Add all ingredients to shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass with a half-salt rim.


When in Roma

Inspired by  “Roma”

 

Ingredients

  • .75 oz Cointreau

  • 1 oz Blanco Tequila

  • 1.5 oz manzanilla sherry


Instructions

Stir in mixing glass with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a long, thin lemon twist.