Get a Taste of the Oscars with Red Carpet Cocktails

Do you have an answer to the question “Who are you wearing?” Or would your answer be not “who” but “what”—perhaps sweatpants/yoga pants and sweatshirt/sweater ensemble? Oscar’s big night is Sunday, March 2, and whether you’ll be lounging in your cozies or donning something fab and hosting a gala to watch the awards, you can get a taste of the celebration by mixing up the same cocktails that some of your favorite stars may be sipping at the big after-party.

Some 1,500 invited guests including Oscar winners, nominees, and show presenters will head over to the Academy’s post-Oscars celebration, the Governors Ball, which will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center right after the 86th Academy Awards ceremony. One of the official spirits of the event, Cîroc Vodka, will be mixing up Coco Light Martinis, a specialty cocktail created for the soiree. And, keeping in line with the especially calorie-conscious Hollywood crowd, this Martini, which is made with fresh coconut water, pineapple, and lime juices, has only 127 calories. (The following recipe even breaks down the calorie count by ingredient.)

Other official specialty cocktails at the Governors Ball include The Glamour Shot, a concoction featuring Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon mixed with Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps and served in a glass rimmed with edible flakes of real gold. Plus, there will be a Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky Bar with drinks poured over hand-carved ice.

The fabulous menu by master chef Wolfgang Puck includes upscale comfort food, such as mini burgers, chicken pot pies, and baked potatoes—but these chicken pot pies will include black truffles and the always-comforting baked potato will be topped with a dollop of caviar. Hey, these are some things you may be able to swing in the food department at home…? The Crispy Lobster Shrimp Dumplings and the Raspberry Ganache and Lemon Ganache Mini Oscar Lollipops may be another story. Here’s a complete menu and a sneak peek at some of the dishes unveiled at the press preview for inspiration.

In addition to the Coco Light Martini, following are a few more red carpet recipes to help give you a taste of the Oscars from afar. Cheers!


CĂŽROC Coco Light Martini
(127 Cal)

1.5 oz. Unsweetened Coconut Water (8 cal)
1.5 oz. CĂŽROC Coconut (94 cal)
1 oz. Pineapple Juice (17 cal)
0.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice (4 cal)

Combine all ingredients in Martini shaker with ice. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

The CÎROC Manhattan 
(140.5 Cal)

1.5 oz. CĂŽROC Amaretto (94.5 cal)
0.5 oz. Dry Vermouth (23 cal)
0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth (23 cal)
2 Dashes Bitters

Combine all ingredients in Martini shaker with ice. Stir and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with orange twist

The WeHO Martini
(131 Cal)

1.5 oz. CĂŽROC Red Berry (94 cal)
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice (19 cal)
1 oz. Orange Juice (14 cal)
2 Raspberries (2 cal)
2 Blackberries (2 cal)

Muddle fruit. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with raspberry and orange slice.

The CĂŽROC Dry Martini
(118 Cal)

1 oz. CĂŽROC Vodka (60 cal)
1 oz. French Apértif Wine (20 cal)
0.5 oz. Tanqueray (38 cal)

Combine all ingredients in Martini shaker with ice. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Mary Subialka is the editor of Real Food and Drinks magazines, covering the flavorful world of food, wine and spirits. She rarely meets a chicken she doesn’t like, and hopes that her school-age son, who used to eat beets and Indian food, will one day again think of real food as more than a means to a treat—and later share this with his younger brother.