The 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Starting with the pre-show countdown to the red carpet coverage, followed by the red carpet coverage, and then finally the actual show that typically runs for 210 minutes, you're in for a long night of glitz, glam, and politically charged acceptance speeches. I say, "you're," instead of "we're," because I will be asleep long before the curtain closes. However, if you're into the fanfare then by all means make it a party! Invite your squad and insist they be red carpet ready because this year LEO WILL WIN AN OSCAR - I suppose, I didn't watch The Revenant, but did see his interview on Ellen. OK, I've already admitted twice that I'm not really into this televised event so why am I writing this post? Because I'm really into the idea of hosting a party with a bar buffet.
What is a bar buffet? I'm SO glad you asked! A bar buffet is a self serve bar that allows your guests to pick their poison from a pre-stocked selection. A well-crafted bar buffet will have a theme like...how about...the Oscars. Let's narrow that down to Best Picture Nominees. Assign a drink that is inspired by each nominee. I've scoured the Internet for you and provided links for some inspiration:
The Big Short - I would choose the Meryll Lychee, but enjoyed reading all the clever recipes the Cognito PR Group concocted. (CNBC.com)
Bridge of Spies - The Cold War Cocktail; Common Man Cocktails is an excellent specialty cocktail resource.
Mad Max: Fury Road - A fine selection from Geek Nation for the Apocalypse.
The Martian - I don't know about the movie (other than the basic premise and Matt Damon can do no wrong), but the Martian Sunset would get my vote for tastiest. (Common Man Cocktails)
The Revenant - This is my favorite drink moniker: Wilderness Prophet (One Martini)
Room - A light pun for a serious movie: The Grape Escape (Liquor.com)
Spotlight - Far be it for me to question the talented (no sarcasm) mixologist who came up with the Boston, but the first ingredient is a bit of head scratcher as it calls for London gin. Just me? (about.com)
Once you've picked a drink to represent each movie, it's time to put together an A-List Bar Buffet. Print the recipe for each and frame them. Gather the staple liquors and place the bottles in the center back of the bar so that they are easily accessible. It may be wise to purchase a few bottles of each depending on your guest count. Next, you can focus on the mixers. I like to use labeled carafes at each end of the bar. Any specialty liqueurs should be placed next to the framed recipes along with the appropriate glassware and bar tools for that drink. Finally, have a small table next to the bar for napkins and garnishes.