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Justin Douglass of the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth concocted a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie &quotGrand Budapest Hotel" and its key plot point, a painting called &quotBoy With Apple." It calls for Jack Daniels, Absolute Orient Apple, pomegranate juice, a splash of champagne and an apple garnish
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Justin Douglass of the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth concocted a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie "Grand Budapest Hotel" and its key plot point, a painting called "Boy With Apple." It calls for Jack Daniels, Absolute Orient Apple, pomegranate juice, a splash of champagne and an apple garnish Buy Photo
Justin Douglass of the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth concocted a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie &quotGrand Budapest Hotel" and its key plot point, a painting called &quotBoy With Apple." It calls for Jack Daniels, Absolute Orient Apple, pomegranate juice, a splash of champagne and an apple garnish.
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Justin Douglass of the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth concocted a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie "Grand Budapest Hotel" and its key plot point, a painting called "Boy With Apple." It calls for Jack Daniels, Absolute Orient Apple, pomegranate juice, a splash of champagne and an apple garnish. Buy Photo
 Justin Douglass of the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth concocted a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie &quotGrand Budapest Hotel" and its key plot point, a painting called &quotBoy With Apple." It calls for Jack Daniels, Absolute Orient Apple, pomegranate juice, a splash of champagne and an apple garnish.
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Justin Douglass of the Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth concocted a drink inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie "Grand Budapest Hotel" and its key plot point, a painting called "Boy With Apple." It calls for Jack Daniels, Absolute Orient Apple, pomegranate juice, a splash of champagne and an apple garnish. Buy Photo
Matt Sherwood, bartender at Sur Lie in Portland, recommends this cross between a champagne cocktail and French 75 for its celebratory bubbles. The drink, Getting Fancy on Free Street, is augmented with a bitters-soaked sugar cube.
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Matt Sherwood, bartender at Sur Lie in Portland, recommends this cross between a champagne cocktail and French 75 for its celebratory bubbles. The drink, Getting Fancy on Free Street, is augmented with a bitters-soaked sugar cube. Buy Photo
Made with chai tea and orange, the Grand Budapest cocktail at 40 Paper is the drink to toast the best picture category while watching the Oscars on Sunday.
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Made with chai tea and orange, the Grand Budapest cocktail at 40 Paper is the drink to toast the best picture category while watching the Oscars on Sunday.
Camden Harbour Inn's To the Nines cocktail imparts a burst of Hollywood glam.
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Camden Harbour Inn's To the Nines cocktail imparts a burst of Hollywood glam.
Matt Sherwood, bartender at Sur Lie in Portland, recommends this cross between a champagne cocktail and French 75 on Oscar night for its celebratory bubbles. The drink, Getting Fancy on Free Street, is augmented with a bitters-soaked sugar cube.
Kathleen Pierce | BDN
Matt Sherwood, bartender at Sur Lie in Portland, recommends this cross between a champagne cocktail and French 75 on Oscar night for its celebratory bubbles. The drink, Getting Fancy on Free Street, is augmented with a bitters-soaked sugar cube. Buy Photo
Julianne, a cocktail made of muddled blood oranges and gin, is a nod to Julianne Moore. The redhead is up for best actress for her performance in &quotStill Alice." The red carpet also inspired Lisa Baugher, head bartender at DiMillo's on the Water, to create this Oscar-themed concoction.
Kathleen Pierce | BDN
Julianne, a cocktail made of muddled blood oranges and gin, is a nod to Julianne Moore. The redhead is up for best actress for her performance in "Still Alice." The red carpet also inspired Lisa Baugher, head bartender at DiMillo's on the Water, to create this Oscar-themed concoction. Buy Photo
Posted Feb. 19, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 20, 2015, at 7:22 a.m.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — And the Oscar for best drink goes to — drum roll — Julianne at DiMillo’s. Most creative cocktail? The Grand Budapest Hotel at Inn by the Sea. Sexiest? The leading actress at Sur Lie.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the hottest actresses and actors will stride the red carpet for the start of the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony. We are a long way from Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean we can’t toast the talent in style. Flip on ABC, slip into something diaphanous and throw an Oscar party.

We asked a shakerful of local mixologists for their liquid logic to create an award-winning cocktail party. This is your backstage pass to slip behind the bar and make it a night to remember. Here are the top five:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

What: 1 ounce Jack Daniels, 1 ounce Absolut Orient Apple, 2 ounces pomegranate juice topped with champagne and sliced apples to garnish. Serve in a martini glass.

Where: Fireplace Lounge at Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth

Credit: Bartender Justin Douglass

Inspiration: “The Boy with Apple” painting is a chief plot point in this quirky Wes Anderson comedy up for Best Picture.

How it tastes: Rich and warm with a crisp acidity. Doff your topcoat with the hatcheck girl and have another.

 

The Leading Actress: Aka, Getting Fancy on Free Street

What: 1½ ounce of Beefeater Gin, ¾ ounce of Solerno (blood orange liqueur), ¾ ounce of lime juice, top with sparkling wine. Garnish with an Angostura Bitters-soaked sugar cube. Serve in a flute.

Where: Sur Lie, Portland

Credit: Bar Manager Sam Babcock, adapted by Matt Sherwood

Inspiration: “A cross between a champagne cocktail and a French 75,” Sherwood said. “The celebratory feel of the champagne and effervescence of the lime juice is very refreshing.”

How it tastes: Pleasing aperitif, with bittersweet finish. Dances on the tongue. A dramatic beauty.

 

Julianne

What: 1½ ounces Hendricks Gin, muddle one-quarter of a blood orange with a squeeze of lemon and a splash of simple syrup. Mix in shaker. Pour in a glass. Top with soda water and fill glass with ice. Squeeze one-quarter of a blood orange. Garnish with a blood orange slice.

Where: DiMillo’s on the Water, Old Port, Portland

Credit: Head bartender Lisa Baugher

Inspiration: “Julianne Moore’s up for best actress, so I picked up on her red hair and the red carpet,” Baugher said.

How it tastes: Spring awakening. The citrus pop revives you from the winter stupor. I’d call this a winner. Hand her the statuette, please.

 

To the Nines

What: 1½ ounces Bombay Gin, ½ ounce Domain de Canton, ½ ounce Galliano, ¾ ounce lemon juice, ½ ounce honey. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Where: Camden Harbour Inn

Credit: Mac McGaw mixologist at Natalie’s

Inspiration: Classic Hollywood movies. Glamorous and classy with a hint of technicolor.

How it tastes: The lemon and honey laced with gin imparts the golden flavors of old Hollywood with a continental flair.

 

Grand Budapest Cocktail

What: A different take on the best picture nominee: 1 ounce Tanqueray Malacca gin, or high-quality dry gin; 1 ounce chai tea brewed to double strength and cooled; ½ ounce Pimm’s liqueur; ½ ounce simple syrup; two dashes orange bitters; one orange peel. Stir ingredients with ice for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with large orange peel.

Where: 40 Paper, Camden

Credit: Wind Tracy

Inspiration: Flavors from around the world meet and mingle in the glass. Exotic chai tea, orange, gin and a splash of Pimm’s is your passport to the Orient Express.

How it tastes: Pip, pip hooray.

 

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