Let's face it - everyday is reason to celebrate for Latinos, so The Academy Awards, airing this Sunday, need to be treated as an extra-special occasion. When else do you get to critique Hollywood red carpet style, laugh at loco acceptance speeches and sip a cocktail at the same time?...while in your pajamas. Get ready to host the ultimate night in on your couch. Whether it's just you, a couple of friends or the entire fam, you'll love these quick and easy ideas for making Oscars night extra special.
First up, the aptly-themed Oscar cocktails will make the night all the much more enjoyable, even if the show is a snore:
Hustle & Bustle
(Inspired by American Hustle, Best Picture nominee)
- 2 Parts Owl's Brew Pink & Black
- 1 Part Tequila
Garnish with Fresh Thyme and Lime
Lupita’s Song, Served at Forty Four at Royalton
(Inspired by 12 Years a Slave)
- 2 oz Herradurra Silver
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz agave nectar
- Less than 1/4 oz olive oil
- 7 basil leaves
Muddle together basil, tequila, and olive oil. Add Lemon Juice, agave nectar, then shake hard and strain into a standard rocks glass over ice.
Red Carpet Spotlight (Photo above)
2 parts Olmeca Altos Reposado
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- 1 part agave syrup
- 4 chunks of pineapple
- 3 raspberries
Muddle Raspberries. Build up all ingredients and stir in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
For the food, head on over to your local 100 Montaditos, where they're serving up the perfect sized sandwiches and "Best Motion Pitcher" specials on Sangria based on your favorite films:
- American Hustle – Pull BBQ pork, crispy onion and chipotle ali oli; (19) Hot dog, ketchup and mustard; (70) Philly cheesesteak and cheddar cheese
- Captain Phillips – Smoked salmon and cream cheese; (78) Shrimp, lettuce, Caesar dressing and parmesan; (77) Anchovies, fresh tomato, mayo and pepinillo
- Dallas Buyers Club – Pull BBQ Pork and cheddar cheese, (42) Meatballs, bacon and marinara sauce, (32) Grilled chicken, bacon, tomato and olive oil
And last but not least, a fun tip from our friends at Homes.com if you're planning on having guests:
Dress for the Set: Who says adults are too old to play dress-up? Instead of dressing for the red carpet, have guests attend as the characters from their favorite nominated film.