The Bubbly Maple Leaf Champagne Cocktail
My countdown to The Oscars in liquid form ends today with the final Best Picture Nominee Drink, this one a Champagne Cocktail in honor of Argo. Check out all the other fun and easy 2012 Best Picture Nominee drinks by clicking here.
The Oscars are tonight!!!
Do you have plans?
Are you having a fabulous Oscar Party or staying home on your own to concentrate and soak up as much as possible? Either way, get into the spirit with the Best Picture Nominee Drinks that are going on here. There’s one for each film that was nominated for best picture.
I’ve been bringing you a different Oscar-inspired drink everyday for 9 days as we’ve counted down to the Oscars. It’s been so fun.
In developing the drinks and taking the pictures my goal was to capture the spirit of the movies such that if someone just saw the photo or tasted the drink they would know which movie it went with.
I think I just invented an Oscar Party Game! You can play “Guess which movie goes with this drink?” How fun!
Today I’m bringing you my final Best Picture Nominee drink. It’s in honor of Argo. Argo is an edge-of-your-seat kind of movie. Even though we all know how it ends (it’s a true story so the truth is out there) you still have to lean forward with anxiety until the last moment.
I really liked it.
To celebrate this movie I’m proposing a Champagne Cocktail (a less expensive sparkling wine is perfect for this too). It’s appropriate especially for the end of the movie when Champagne corks pop and wine bubbles over.
It’s also appropriate because to tonight Oscars night. Let’s celebrate!
In addition to the sparkling wine, this cocktail has Scotch because the handsome (if shaggy) Ben Affleck swipes a bottle of Macallan from the Canadian Ambassador’s residence and spends a night drinking it out of the bottle.
I don’t recommend doing that.
But mixing it with a bit of bubbly is perfectly o.k..
Especially if it’s also got some maple syrup mixed in, to celebrate the role of Canada in the crazy evacuation scheme. And lime, because lime is favored in Iranian cooking. In fact, the big round thick-skinned limes you get at the grocery store are Persian Limes (Iran used to be called Persia).
So, this Champagne Cocktail is the perfect mix of celebration and ode to the movie Argo.
Before handing out the recipe, here are the links to all the other Best Picture Nominee Drinks.
And of course, today’s recipe is for The Argo Cocktail: A Bubbly Maple Leaf Cocktail (sparkling wine, Scotch, maple syrup and lime juice)
On with today’s Best Picture Nominee drink!
- 1 ounce Scotch whisky
- 1 ounce real maple syrup
- ½ ounce lime juice
- 3 ounces sparkling wine (an inexpensive Prosecco works well here)
- Measure the Scotch, maple syrup and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Add a good handful of ice, put the lid on the shaker and shake it up until everything is really really cold.
- Strain the Scotch mixture into a champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine. Celebrate!
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