The 2020 Best Picture Oscar nominees as cocktails

Tod & Vixen's Dry Gin Negroni 1651 / KLG
Tod & Vixen's Dry Gin Negroni 1651 / KLG /
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It’s the 2020 Oscar season and without further ado, here are the nominees for Best Picture as thematically correct cocktail recipes.

Oscars and cocktails go together like Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig, Al Pacino and De Niro, Laura Dern and a righteous monologue. Which is to say, super well! When it’s time to settle in for Hollywood’s biggest night, best to do so with a fancy, thematically correct cocktail with which to toast your favorite winners and mourn your robbed favorites.

Once again, the fine folk at KLG hooked us up with cocktail recipes featuring the liquors of some of their clients, including Cutwater, Corralejo Tequila, Woodford Reserve, Seagram’s, Proper No. 12 and Tod & Vixen’s. The brilliant and/or absurd Best Picture pairings — those were all the FanSided brain trust.

Read on for recipes and rationalizations for your 2020 Best Picture Oscar nominees as cocktails.

Corralejo Tequila Kansas City Margarita / KLG
Corralejo Tequila Kansas City Margarita / KLG /

Joker – Corralejo Tequila Kansas City Margarita

On the whole, specialty margaritas are a drink some people love, some people find disgusting and the average person is like “okay this is fine but one is enough and I probably should have ordered the classic.”

This particular recipe sounds amazing, but the rest of the analogy you can into it yourself because Joker stans are scary.


  • 2 ounces Corralejo Reposado Tequila
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup
  • 5 fresh blackberries
  • Salt (for rim)


  • Salt the rim of the glass.
  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients.
  • Strain into glass over fresh ice and garnish.
Woodford Reserve Bring Back Black Manhattan / KLG
Woodford Reserve Bring Back Black Manhattan / KLG /

1917 – Woodford Reserve Bring Back Black Manhattan

  • Created by Erica Gantt, Savannah, Georgia

You cannot go wrong with a Manhattan, assuming you like Manhattans, especially a Manhattan made with high quality, fancy ingredients. Similarly, you can’t really go wrong with 1917 , assuming you like war movies, because it’s a war movie of high quality. The one-shot emulating direction, like bitters or a $75 Ratafia de Champagne, may not justify itself for everyone, but

A Manhattan knows what it is and this one excels as such. Ditto 1917.


  • 1 1/2 part(s) Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • 3/4 part(s) Dumangin Ratafia de Champagne
  • 1/2 part(s) Barolo Cocchi Chianto
  • 2 dash(es) 18.21 Aromatic Prohibition Bitters


  • Add all measured ingredients to a mixing glass.
  • Add ice (enough to cover the liquid), stir the cocktail until gently diluted.
  • Strain with a julep strainer into coupe glass.
  • Express an orange peel over the top.
  • Garnish with a Woodford Reserve Bourbon cherry.
Bubbly Berry Pineapple Mimosa / KLG
Bubbly Berry Pineapple Mimosa / KLG /

Parasite – Bubbly Berry Pineapple Mimosa

  • Created by Beautiful Booze

None of the recipes we reviewed involved peach so we’ve gone with the next, fruitiest thing that also tasted good. The elements of the Bubbly Berry Pineapple Mimosa really speak to the Parasite viewing experience in a couple ways. The fruit is an homage to Parasite‘s powerful peach; the champagne is a longstanding indicator of wealth and yet the fact we know you’re buying Andre’s or prosecco when you make this at home echoes both the class divide and imposter motif pervasive in the movie.

Also, opening a bottle of bubbly is nerve wracking and so is the whole gone-camping sequence.


  • 2 ounces of Seagram’s Pineapple
  • 1/2 ounce of strawberry syrup
  • 1/2 ounce in lemon juice
  • top with champagne
  • Garnish with strawberry and citrus peel


  • Add everything to a shaker except the champagne.
  • Shake then strain into champagne glass.
  • Top with champagne and garnish with strawberry and citrus peel.