Cocktail Hour: 4 Delicious Drinks To Enjoy Mindfully

Sunday marks the biggest night in the Hollywood calendar: the Academy Awards, where La La Land’s biggest and brightest find out who will be garlanded with Oscars for their performances, and who will go home empty-handed.

 

 

If you’re not in possession of a ticket, we suggest a gathering of your favourite film and fashion-loving friends to watch from the comfort of your own home. To help, we’ve rounded up some delicious sustainable cocktails from our wonderful brands to trust – all of which are perfect for a decadent night in of red-carpet armchair punditry.

 

Belvedere

 

A high-quality vodka can make all the difference in a home-crafted cocktail. Belvedere’s vodka comes with a conscience, too. Aside from incredible efforts to minimise its carbon footprint, the Polish luxury drinks maker has provided lifesaving HIV-AIDS medications to over 12,500 people in Africa.

In honour of one of cinema’s most iconic drinks – James Bond’s Vesper Martini – we’ll be stirring (not shaking!) up Belvedere’s simple, stylish version of this classic libation.

 

Reverse Vesper Martini

  • 2 oz /60ml Belvedere Vodka
  • 0.75 oz/22ml Gin
  • 0.25 oz/60ml French fortified wine

Add all ingredients to a pint glass. Add ice to top of glass and stir for just over one minute until properly diluted. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

 

BELVEDERE
Belvedere Vodka Pure

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BELVEDERE
Bespoke Silver Saber 

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BELVEDERE
Single Estate Rye Vodka Lake Bartezek

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Hennessy

 

Cognac makers Hennessy have been awarded ‘exemplary’ status for their sustainable grape farming standards. They say the champagne cocktail has been “the perfect celebration drink” since its debut in Jerry Thomas’s first cocktail book The Bon Vivants in 1862. It wouldn’t be the Oscars without some fizz, so why not try this sugar-and-champagne laced concoction while you watch…

 

Champagne cocktail

  • 1 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège or V.S
  • Champagne
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Sugar cube

Soak sugar cube in Angostura and place in a champagne flute. Add Hennessy and top with champagne. Garnish with a fresh cherry.

 

HENNESSY
Paradis Imperial 700ml

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Paradis 1500ml 

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Hennessy X.O 700ml

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Veuve Clicquot

 

Brand to Trust Veuve Clicquot may be a centuries-old luxury drinks house, but it has a thoroughly modern ethos: 100% of its waste is reused or recycled, and it has cut its energy consumption by 65%. In honour of the Academy Award’s famous gold statuette, serve your friends some ice-cold Veuve in a Liquid Gold cocktail.

 

Liquid Gold

  • 1.5oz Cognac, Rémy Martin
  • 1.5oz White grape juice
  • 0.5oz Lemon juice
  • 1 dash Bitters, Angostura Bitters
  • 2oz Veuve Cliquot

Shake and strain all the ingredients apart from the champagne and strain into a cocktail glass. Float champagne on top.

 

VEUVE CLICQUOT
Brut NV 750ml

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VEUVE CLICQUOT
La Grande Dame 750ml

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Rose Brut NV 1500ml

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Krug

 

On a night filled with stars, a Twinkle cocktail made with Krug Champagne seems appropriate. Be warned – they’re delicious. Enjoy, knowing you’re indulging in sustainably-produced, planet-loving bubbles: the power used to produce Krug is derived from more than 50% renewable sources.

 

Twinkle

  • 25ml vodka
  • 15ml elderflower cordial
  • Krug Champagne

Add the vodka and elderflower cordial to an ice-filled shaker, then shake until cold. Strain this into a coupe and top up with cold champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

KRUG
Grand Cuvee NV 750mL

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Antoinette Champagne Cooler

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Rose 750mL

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