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Oscar worthy cocktails for your evening with the stars

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Tonight, March 2, is the 86th Academy Awards ceremony that will be televised for all the world to see which of their favorite movie of 2013 makes the cut as well as their favorite actor and actress. While you're waiting for the stars to hit the red carpet kick back with your family and friends and check out four of the nine movies that are being nominated for Best Picture of the Year that also have been lucky enough to have signature cocktails named after them.

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For fans of wall street greed and economics start off with Best Picture of the Year nominee 'The Wolf of Wall Street' starring Leonard DiCaprio and toast his success and downfall with a Basil Hayden's® Money Hungry cocktail. To make you will need:

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

1 Serrano Pepper (or Jalapeño Pepper)

3/4 parts Simple Syrup

3/4 parts Lime Juice

5 Blackberries

Muddle pepper and blackberries in a mixing glass.

Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake.

Fine strain into a martini glass.

Light small orange peel on fire and drop into the glass.

If you're more into the true story of an American hero then check Best Picture of the Year nominee 'Captain Phillips' starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi and make sure you and your guests have a Basil Hayden's® Lost at Sea. To make you will need:
2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

1 part Pomegranate Juice

1 tablespoon Fig Preserve

1 bar spoon Fresh Lemon Juice

2 dashes Angostura® Aromatic Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lemon peel.

Face your fears alongside Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in the Best Picture of the Year nominee 'Gravity' and squelch your terror with a Basil Hayden's® Among the Stars. To make you will need:

2 Parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon®

1⁄2 Lemon muddled with Thai Basil

1 Part Aperol®

3⁄4 Part of Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio of equal parts simple syrup and water)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for 6 seconds

Double strain over ice into a martini glass.

Garnish with a grapefruit peel and Thai basil leaf.

Lastly enter the world of politics and mafia with Best Picture of the Year nominee 'American Hustle' starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Christian Bale and get your groove with a Basil Hayden’s® Hot, Hot Hustle. To make you will need:

11⁄2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

3⁄4 parts Fresh Lime Juice

1 Slice Jalapeno

1 part Pomegranate Juice

1⁄2 part Simple Syrup

Splash of Soda Water

Muddle lime juice, jalapeno, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a mixing tin.

Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and shake lightly for 5 seconds.

Strain into a Collins glass, add ice and top with soda water.

Garnish with a lime wheel and pomegranate seeds.

Who do you think will be named Best Picture of the Year for 2013? Leave a comment below and let's discuss!

(Recipe credits: Basil Hayden’s® Money Hungry by Top LA Mixologist, Rob Floyd, Basil Hayden's® Lost at Sea by Max Toste (Boston, MA), Basil Hayden's® Among the Stars by Jason Asher (Phoenix, AZ) and Basil Hayden’s® Hot, Hot Hustle by LA Mixologist, Joel Black of Black LAB Ventures.)

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