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GONE With The GIN, A Cocktail Tribute to Gone With The Wind


(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)

GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939
Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh
Nominated (1940) for 13 Academy Awards
Won: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress - Leading, Best Actress - Supporting, Best Writing - Screenplay

I admit it, I love the book, I love the movie, and I revisit both at least once a year. There's something timeless about this love story and, of course, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler is unparalleled sexy. I just had to include it as one of my bespoke cocktail tributes in my Oscar party this year. My theme is vintage, purple - and puns. (I cannot wait to see my guests costume get-ups!)

Bourbon is the acknowledged southern spirit, but "Gone With The Bourbon" just didn't work and "I Don't Know Nothin' 'Bout Birthin' No Bourbon"? Nah, even I won't carry a pun that far!

So, I  gone and went with gin.

GONE WITH THE GIN

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Aviation Gin
8 Raspberries
6 Fresh Blackberries
4 Strawberries
1 Tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup*
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
1/2 Cup of Ice

Garnish: Fresh Berries, Mint Leaf

Glass: Old Fashioned

Tools: Blender

DIRECTIONS:
Chill your glass in the freezer.
Add all the ingredients,including the ice, to your blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.

Check out my other 2016 Oscar Cocktails:
An Aperitif To Remember
Angostura and Old Lace
The Cocktail Purple





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THE COCKTAIL PURPLE


(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)

THE COLOR PURPLE, 1985
Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover
Nominated (1986) for 11 Academy Awards including: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and 2 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Music - Original Song, Best Music - Original Score, Best Makeup.

To this day I still can't believe The Color Purple didn't win one single Oscar, but I'm including it in my movie cocktail tributes this year for three reasons. First, purple is my Oscar party color theme. Second, it has one of my all time favorite movie quotes:

"I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it" ~ Shug.

My third reason? I HAD to use this pun:

THE COCKTAIL PURPLE

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Hendrick's Gin
1/8 Oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
1 Tsp. Spiced Honey Syrup*
1/2 Tsp. B'lure Flower Extract
1 Tbsp. Pasteurized Egg White
Ice

Garnish: Fresh Mint Sprig, 5 Drops B'Lure, 2 Dashes Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

Tools: Blender, Cocktail shaker, Toothpick

Glass: Antique Crystal Coupe

DIRECTIONS:
Add all the ingredients, except the ice, to a blender and blend for one minute. (Or dry shake without ice in a cocktail shaker for 1 minute.)
Pour this into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe. 
To garnish, add 5 drops of B'Lure to the foam top, drag the toothpick through the drops to create a swirled pattern,gently lay the small mint sprig on top tap the bitters on top and serve.

* To make the Spiced Honey Syrup combine 1 teaspoon of Honey Farms Spiced Honey Creme with 1 teaspoon of hot water until blended.

This Year's Other Bespoke Oscar Cocktails:
An Aperitif To Remember
Angostura and Old Lace
Gone With The Gin





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