Whether you’re throwing an Oscar party or throwing on a ballgown and watching by your lonesome, you’ll need something to do to fill up all that time until they announce the winner for Best Picture. It’s true that the 2016 Oscars will be different than previous years. This year’s ceremony is marked by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and subsequent boycott by many prominent figures in black Hollywood, a topic that won’t likely be ignored by this year’s host, comedian Chris Rock.
But three hours is still a very long time for any televised event, much less one that mostly consists of boring speeches and montages of films you still haven’t seen (here’s looking at you, Room). Why not try your hand at one of these cocktails to celebrate Oscar night?
1) Mad Max: Fury Road
“The Furious Skull” by John Henderson of the Happiest Hour NYC
1 ½ parts Sugar Island Spiced Rum or similar brand of spiced rum
¾ part sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 Campari ice cube
For the Campari ice cube: Pour a mixture of Campari and water at a ratio close to 50:50 into your mold. Freeze overnight.
For the cocktail: In a short rocks glass, combine rum, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters. Place the Campari ice cube in glass and if desired, garnish with a small pinch of pink salt. As the salt hits the cube, it will cause the Campari cube to melt.
2) The Revenant
“The Swedish Flame” from Manmade DIY
For a woodsy drink fit for The Revenant‘s protagonist, you’ll just need your favorite bourbon, a sprig of rosemary, and some simple syrup. You can find the full instructions at Manmade DIY.
3) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
“Fate of the Stars” by Nicole Trzaska of the Liberty NYC
1 part Sugar Island Coconut Rum or similar coconut rum
¼ part butterscotch schnapps
1 part coconut water
¼ part fresh lemon juice
Blue and pink cotton candy
In a mason jar, gently place two different-colored cotton candy bunches. Mix all liquid ingredients in a container and shake over ice. Slowly pour over the cotton candy to liquefy and morph the color of the cocktail. Once all is liquefied, top with ice and a straw.
4) The Martian
“The Martian Sunset” by the Common Man
Matt Damon’s long stay on the Red Planet as seen on The Martian might have been improved with a Martian Sunset. The drink by Common Man calls for tequila, fruit juices, and dark rum. You can find the full instructions in the YouTube tutorial above.
5) Steve Jobs
“The Steve Jobs Apple-tini” by Nerdist
Photo via John Henderson/The Happiest Hour NYC