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FFF-Golden Globe Libations

Written by Patti on January 14th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Still iced in here in Atlanta, but we have plenty of food and wine. It could be worse.

Plus, the Golden Globes are on Sunday! I love awards shows, and the Golden Globes by far is my favorite. All the stars are drinking at the event, so you have no clue what they may say in their speeches, making for a hilarious evening. Plus, you can enjoy it in your pajamas, with a drink in hand, hollering at the television set. Which I personally enjoy.

My friends in NYC, Esther and Katie, sent me these recipes for adult beverages that have 2010 movie themes. I love it!

1) Inception: It is only appropriate to provide fans of this convoluted thriller an equally mysterious and complex libation. Escape to another world with Lucid, the brand responsible for lifting the 100-year absinthe ban. Mesmerize your guests by serving this anise-flavored spirit in the traditional method and watch as it morphs from green to milky white before their eyes.

Lucid Dream Stealer

Traditional absinthe drip. Pour cold water over 1.5 oz. Lucid absinthe. Stir and enjoy.

2) Glee: Glee scored 5 Golden Globe nominations and the truth is – this show is a true fan favorite, due to its high energy musical numbers and campy style. For all the young kids in the audience, and maybe those who aren’t drinking tonight, we’ve got a great mock-tail that you can enjoy as you sing along to your favorite Glee hit.

New Directions Champion

1 oz. white cranberry juice

.5 oz. apple juice

Top with ginger ale and garnish with a cinnamon stick and fresh cranberries

An adult fan? For an extra layer of yum, add 1 oz. of Flor de Cana rum to give this cocktail a festive POP!

3) Black Swan: If this film’s dark, two-sided depth is for you, how about mixing up a cocktail to match? Made with Russian Standard vodka and muddled blackberries, the delicious Seductive Swan’s two-toned look is eerily reminiscent of Nina Sayer’s contrasting sides.

The Seductive Swan


1.5 oz Russian Standard Vodka

5 blackberries

3 oz Lemonade

Muddle four blackberries in bottom of a tumbler. Add ice, Russian Standard Vodka and lemonade. Garnish with remaining blackberry.

4) Mad Men: Of course, all about the classic cocktail – you must serve up your guests one of Don Draper’s favorites, a dry martini. Shaken or Stirred, this cocktail is sure to please.

The Standard Martini


2 oz Russian Standard Vodka

Splash of Dry Vermouth

Splash of olive brine

Shake ingredients gently over ice. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.

5) Social Network: What better way to toast the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation than with a drink as social as Facebook itself? Punch of course if the most social cocktails – perfect for sharing with friends. This punch blends Nicaragua’s best, Flor de Cana rum with some hot cayenne pepper – it’s a true taste of connection.

Zuckerberg Zinger

1 oz Flor de Caña 7 year-aged rum
1 seedless Watermelon
One good pinch of Cayenne pepper
4 Sugar cubes
1 oz Lime juice
1 oz Club soda

Method: Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda. Add and muddle several 1-inch pieces of watermelon. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added. Chill.

Recipe can be multiplied to fill a traditional punch bowl.

That should keep y’all busy Sunday night. I would love to hear what tasty tidbits you are serving your guests (or yourself – I don’t judge).

xoxo, Patti

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5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Holly says:

    Instead of the Don Draper Martini could I just have Don Draper please?

  2. Patti says:

    Holly, Darling – it’s your birthday. You can have anything you want! xxoo

  3. John says:

    This is going to be fun!!! Holly, we’ve ordered Draper for you but he may not get here on time due to ‘adverse weather conditions’.

  4. Patti says:

    LOL, John. So true. xoox, P

  5. Kathleen says:

    Don is sort of scrumptious and he even has a sense of humor – good choice, Holly!