Monday, February 27, 2012

An Oscars' Toast

French 75 Cocktail

When I was little I wanted to be an Actress when I grew up.  I would put on my glasses, hike up my sweatpants and impersonate Steve Urkel to the family.  As practically an only child, I loved the attention and the laughs.  But as I grew older, that dramatic desire went away.  I became more shy, awkward and embarrassed.  I would never think of showing a real audience my comedic capabilities, because I was too scared and nervous to demonstrate my talents to the outside world.  So my dreams of walking down the Red Carpet with Tom Hanks dissipated.  But in the end, I don't mind it... living a public life is something I don't desire and I'm happy my creative juices have translated into other areas.  But my love for movies will never go away.  They transform me to a land of fantasy and wonder and help me escape the confusing and sometimes difficult land of reality.  That's why last night was my all time favorite TV night of the year, The Oscars!  The people I admire and respect (for their great talents and courage) come to life on a long Red Carpet and are awarded with shiny gold statues.

To help celebrate this night, my mother and I put together a movie themed meal that reflected some of the Best Picture nominations.  We started off with a French 75 Cocktail to get us in the Midnight in Paris mood (one of my favorite movies of the year or decade).

What you'll need: Per Drink

3 tbsp Brandy
1 tbsp Grand Marnier
1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Champagne
Lemon Slices for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, shake together the Brandy, Grand Marnier and lemon juice for a few seconds.  Poor into a flute glass and top off with the Champagne.  Garnish with a lemon slice or curl.  This bubbly, citrusy drink kicked off our Oscars Party with a bang and got us buzzing around the kitchen for the next course.  Stay tuned tomorrow for Oscars' Appetizers!


  1. Sipping cocktails and watching the Oscars. Sounds like a relaxed and fun evening. The cocktail looks refreshing too!