In eight days we’ll be sitting down to watch the red carpet extravaganza of the 85th Academy Awards. I’m so excited that I’ve decided to do a count down to The Oscars in liquid form. Every day between now and The Oscars I’ll be bringing you a different drink honoring one of the Best Picture Nominees. Click here to see all the Oscar drinks I come up with. To go along with it, I’ve got a little giveaway. It’s for a $50 Macy’s Gift Card so you can buy some new glassware to show off these drinks. Or a new shirt. That’s really up to you. Head down to the bottom of this page to enter the giveaway.
It was Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday this week but it was overshadowed a bit by Smoochey Day. I therefore thought that I’d launch this series by celebrating him in case he’s feeling ignored.
And so, today’s Best Picture Nominee Drink is in honor of Lincoln.
The first thing I did to brainstorm about a Best Picture Cocktail in honor of Lincoln was to find out if the man had a favorite drink. Nope, not much of a drinker. Bahumbug.
How about a favorite food?
Turns out he was one of those people who thinks of food as sustenance and not so much as deliciousness (yes, these people really exist. I met one once. He was weird. I wonder if Lincoln was weird).
But it seems that Lincoln did have a particular fondness for apples. (Apples are easier to base a drink around than, say, oatmeal or pot roast so I was pretty happy about this discovery).
What I did for the Lincoln drink was to add apple to a cocktail that was popular right around when the Lincoln movie was set, The Old Fashioned (this drink has an interesting history that includes being, as far as I can tell, the first ever actual cocktail. Worth reading about).
This drink is strong and has a slight bitter note from the angostura bitters. It is that combination that gives it the old-fashioned feeling. And the apple is, of course, a little nod to Lincoln’s love.
So, on February 24th I urge you to put on a cocktail dress and go way way retro with this Best Picture Nominee Drink in honor of Lincoln: A Good Old Apple.
- ½ tsp sugar
- a good dash of Angostura bitters
- 1 ounce Calvados (apple brandy)
- a maraschino cherry
- a slice or two of dried apple
- Measure the sugar into a highball glass. Add the bitters and kind of smoosh them around with a muddler or a spoon. Add the Calvados and stir a few times.
- Drop in a couple of ice cubes.
- Plop in the cherry.
- Slip in the dried apple.
- Drink in immediately.
Here’s where you can enter the giveaway for a $50 Macy’s gift card.
Now tell me, have you seen Lincoln yet? It’s one of the ones I haven’t actually seen but am hoping to get to tonight. Did you love it? Am I going to love it?
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