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How to make signature drinks for the Oscars

Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. ...

How to... make a signature drink

Leave the wine, the boring gin and tonics, and the beer at the door of your Academy Awards party and have a few of these signature cocktails on the menu instead. Learn how to make your own unique drink for your party and check out three of our favorite Oscar-inspired libations!

Red Carpetini

Red carpetini

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Voli light vodka
  • 2 ounces PAMA liqueur
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Ice

Directions: 

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into chilled martini glasses and garnish with fresh lemon slices or peels.
French 75

French 75

Recipe adapted from Brooks Brothers

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces dry gin (we used Aviation)
  • 4 ounces Champagne (we used Laurent-Perrier)
  • 1 ounce St. Germain
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice

Directions: 

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add gin, St. Germain, simple syrup and the lemon juice. Shake to mix. Fill two Champagne glasses halfway with the mix. Add two ounces of Champagne to the top of the flutes and garnish with fresh lemon peels.
Southern sangria

Southern sangria

Recipe and photo provided by VOGA Italia Wines

Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 Bottles of VOGA moscato
  • 1 cup peach-flavored brandy
  • 2 sliced apricots
  • 2 sliced peaches
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1 sliced Granny Smith apple
  • ½ cup raspberries, strawberries or blueberries

Directions: 

  1. Pour the moscato and brandy in a large pitcher and add the sliced peach, apricot, apple, orange, and raspberries. Refrigerate the mixture for at least one to two hours before serving.

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