Movies are not really my thing. Just ask any one of my friends. It’s become a bit of a joke — they’ll drop movie references in everyday conversation and they go right over my head. People are always surprised I haven’t seen the ‘classics’ — whatever that means. It’s not really that I don’t like movies. I do like them; I just don’t make time to watch them. I fill my time with other things, and I’m totally OK with that.
But every year, Oscar season rolls around, and I’m presented with a list of great films to try to see. Despite my weird aversion to movies, I usually try to see a few of them, just because I love the costumes and the stories and the glitz and glamour. A few years ago, a friend insisted I watch one of Wes Anderson’s films and I fell in love with the colorful, enigmatic worlds he creates, and I have been working my way through his portfolio.
The Grand Budapest Hotel did not disappoint. It’s quirky, suspenseful and hilarious. Totally and supremely fun. It’s a story of a concierge at a legendary Eastern European hotel between World Wars I and II, who befriends the lobby boy. Together, they steal a prized painting and wind up on an adventure amid a dramatically changing political landscape.
When I banded together with a few of my favorite bloggers to put on a big Oscar party, I knew I wanted to make a drink inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel. I chose the Pink Lady cocktail because of its relevance to the time period and, of course, its brilliant rosy color.
The Pink Lady is a gin and grenadine cocktail popularized in the 1930s, around Prohibition in the States. People added grenadine to mask the flavor of gin. It also includes an egg white, which gives it a frothy, meringue-like texture. If you’re not into drinking egg whites, you may certainly omit it as it won’t affect the flavor, but I do recommend at least giving it a try! Some recipes call for the addition of applejack brandy, but it’s hard to find where I live so you can make it without.
Sure, the Pink Lady looks like a girly drink, but the flavor is strong, floral and dry. I can’t help but imagine that the Grand Budapest Hotel would serve the Pink Lady to their ritziest guests at happy hour in the hotel restaurant along with platefuls of Mendl’s gorgeous pastries, Courtesan au Chocolat. Be sure to check out the recipe at the end of this post! // susannah
Also, in honor of the Academy Awards — which are next Sunday, Feb. 22 — I have teamed up with 15 incredible bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway!
One lucky reader will win a streaming media player — their choice of an Amazon Fire TV, an Apple TV or a Roku 3. It always seems to be a challenge to catch up on the year’s best films, so I’m thrilled to give you the chance to do so!
Each of the participating bloggers has prepared an Oscar-themed recipe, and they’re up for best recipe! When you participate in the giveaway, be sure to vote for your favorite. The winning blogger will get $50 in cash! Here are the contenders:
The Oscar Noms Party: Menu + Movies
Pork Tenderloin Sliders // The Judge
Aged Cheddar & Apple Grilled Cheese // Boyhood
Pull-Apart Pepperoni Pizza Bread // Whiplash
Asparagus Rolls // Into the Woods
Texas Guacamole Quesadilla // The American Sniper
Magic Garbanzo Beans // Into the Woods
Nutella Mochi // Big Hero 6
Rocket Raccoon Cake // Guardians of the Galaxy
Texas Peach Crisp Skillet // American Sniper
Courtesan au Chocolat // Grand Budapest Hotel
Camouflage Mini Cheesecakes // American Sniper
Butterscotch Pudding // Gone Girl
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola // Wild
Meet the amazing bloggers who are bringing you this giveaway and these Oscar-inspired recipes:
Anne from Wit Wisdom and Food // Beth from bethcakes // Cat from The Rustic Willow // Cate from Chez Catey Lou // Erin from The Speckled Palate // Ginnie from Hello Little Home // Grace from Think Fruitful // Jenna from A Savory Feast // Katie from Twin Stripe // LeAndra from Love & Flour // Leia from Eat It & Say Yum // Linda from Brunch with Joy // Madison from The Wetherills Say I Do // Meghan from Cake ‘n’ Knife // Molly from Hey There Sunshine
- Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below. Everyone gets a free entry! You can enter multiple times, up to 35 additional entries by following the giveaway sponsors on social media. (If you’ve followed in the past, that counts! Just enter the info as prompted.) All entries will be verified. No purchase is necessary to win.
- The giveaway is open until Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen at random and emailed within 48 hours. Winners must claim prize within 48 hours of initial contact. The retail value of the prize is $100. Prizes shown in the graphic are the only ones available.
- Open to U.S. residents with a valid shipping address only. Must be 18 years of age as of Feb. 16, 2015.
Click below to see the Pink Lady cocktail recipe!