These Movie-Themed Cocktail/Popcorn Pairings Will Be the Stars of Your Oscars 2018 Viewing

Every year Cocktail Chameleon author and entertaining expert Mark Addison creates signature Oscars-themed cocktails inspired for each of the Academy Awards’ Best Picture nominated films.  Mark pairs his Oscar Cocktails with Best Foreign Language Film flavored “Movie Popcorn” inspired by the countries’ food heritage and traditions. These pairings are ideal for your awards viewing party or to show support of your favorite movie in the race for the Oscar.

Film: “Darkest Hour”

The Churchill Champagne Cocktail is a variation of a Manhattan-style cocktail created for Winston Churchill in the 1940’s at the Savoy hotel in London.  This version features his beloved Scotch whisky and champagne, which he reportedly drank most every day from noon to night.

The Churchill

(variation on the Champagne Cocktail)

  • 1 oz. Scotch whisky (Churchill preferred Johnnie Walker)
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 2 oz. champagne

Garnish: lemon peel
Glassware: 8 oz. Tiffany & Co. Vintage Coupe Glass (7” h)

Shake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe and top with chilled champagne.  Garnish with the lemon peel.

Film: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

The themes in “Three Billboards…” are dark and horrific, which is a challenging tone from which to draw inspiration for a festive Oscar cocktail. Here, Addison instead draws inspiration from the title and the film’s location. “3 Cocktails…” features Missouri-based spirits incorporated into classic cocktails with distinctively Ozark ingredients and themes.


Three Cocktails from inside Missouri


Missouri Mule

  • 1 1/2 oz. Missouri Sprits Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Campari
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec

Garnish: lemon wheel
Glassware: 16 oz.  Christofle Highball Glass (6” h)

Combine with ice, shake and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Missouri Manhattan

  • 2 oz. Missouri Sprits Corn Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish: maraschino cherry, one king ice cube
Glassware: 8 oz. Christofle Old Fashion (3” h)

In a mixing glass with ice, combine the ingredients and stir well. Strain over a king cube in an old fashion glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Missouri Martini

  • 2 ounces Missouri Sprits Vodka
  • 1/4-ounce extra dry vermouth
  • 1/4-ounce pickle juice
  • 1 dash of hot sauce

Garnish: dill pickle spear
Glassware: 8 oz. Christofle Martini Glass (6 1/2” h)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well chilled.  Strain contents into chilled martini glass and garnish with pickle.

Film: “Call me by your name”

The iconic Italian Negroni is updated with apricot liqueur and French dry vermouth inspired by the film’s Italian location, the lush apricot orchards surrounding the family’s Italian countryside villa, and the French heritage of romantic lead character, Elio.  *Note: no peaches were harmed in the making of this cocktail. (If you’ve seen the movie, then you know what this reference is about.)

Apricot Negroni Spritzer

  • 1 1/4 oz gin
  • 1 1/4 oz French dry vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 1/4 oz apricot liqueur
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters

Garnish: orange peel & apricot wedge
Glassware: 16 oz. Chateau Baccarat Tumbler (3 1/2″ h)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and slowly stir to chill.  Pour into a tumbler and garnish with a peach slice and a cherry.

Film: “Shape of Water”

Fizz cocktails were at their height of popularity in the 50’s and 60’s during which the “Shape of Water” is set.  The Swamp Fizz combines green Crème De Menthe (also immensely popular in the era), citrus, sugar, and club soda in classic Fizz proportions with egg whites for added fizz, and accentuates the Creature’s favorite food: eggs!

Swamp Fizz

  • 2 Oz. Gin
  • 1 Tsp. Green Crème De Menthe
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tsp. Superfine Sugar
  • Club Soda

Garnish: lime zest
Glassware: 16 oz. Tiffany & Co. Vintage Highball Glass (5 1/2″ h)

Add gin, crème de menthe, lemon juice, sugar and egg white to your shaker with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into Collins glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with lime zest.

Film: “Dunkirk”

Inspired by the struggle of evacuating the Allied soldiers from the beaches of France under attack by German forces, the Dunkirk Toddy blends a classic English hot beverage with French cognac and Benedictine, resulting in a Franco-British hot cocktail that anyone would appreciate.

Dunkirk Toddy

The traditional Hot Toddy recipe is made with whisky but to give the classic Toddy a French twist I substitute equal parts French cognac and Benedictine Dom with its lovely warming flavors and its pronounced herbal and spicy tones.

  • 1 oz. Benedictine Dom
  • 1 oz. French cognac
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. honey
  • Top with hot water

Garnish: one cinnamon stick
Glassware: 8 oz. Bormioli Rocco Oslo Coffee Cup (3 3/4″ h)

Fix the cloves into the wedge of lemon and put into a glass mug. Add all the other ingredients and top with hot water. Stir gently and serve.

Film: “Phantom Thread”

Dark Love is a champagne cocktail that embodies the volatile love affair between 50’s fashion couturier and a young waitress.  Parfait Amour (or Perfect Love) is a French violet liqueur, which when combined with blue curaçao takes on a blackish tone.  The blend of a the eau de vie (water of life), Parfait amour and champagne creates a sweet rich libation that is impossible to resist… submit to this Dark Love.

Dark Love

(variation on Perfect Love from Cocktail Chameleon)

  • 1 oz. Parfait Amour (violet liqueur)
  • 1/2 oz. eau de vie Poire (pear brandy)
  • 1/2 oz. blue curaçao
  • 5 oz. Champagne, chilled
  • Garnish: orchid flower
    Glassware: 8 oz. Chateau Baccarat Flute (9 1/2″ h)

 Fill the shaker with ice, then add the Parfait Amour, brandy and liqueur, shaking until well chilled.

Film: “The Post” 

What is black, white and red all over…? The most infamous newspaper, The Washington Post! Known for exposing the Watergate scandal and Pentagon Papers, the latest film The Post (and this cocktail) draw allusions to the then and current presidencies.  Black, White, and Read All Over looks like an all American coffee but a white Russian lurks under the surface and is stained by a red cherry syrup.

Black & White and Read All Over

  • 2 oz. cold-press coffee
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. half & half

Garnish: 1/2 oz. maraschino cherry juice
Glassware: 8 oz. Libbey Irish Coffee Mug (5 3/4″ h)

Fill the shaker with ice and add the coffee, vodka and liqueurs, shaking until well chilled.  Pour into the glass and float the half & half on top by slowly pouring it over the back of the spoon followed by the cherry juice. 

Film: “Get Out”

Chris agrees to be hypnotized by his girlfriend’s mother to cure his smoking addiction but instead, sinks into the “sunken place” where after an operation to transplant the mind of a white man into his body, Chris would remain in the void watching powerlessly.  The Sunken Place cocktail looks innocuous on the surface but has a dark underside trapped beneath.

The Sunken Place

  • 2 oz. rum
  • 1 oz. coconut rum
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut


  • ½ oz. blue curaçao
  • ½ oz. grenadine

Glassware: 12 oz. Mikasa Cheers Martini Glass (7 1/2″ h)

Combine rums, pineapple juice and cream of coconut in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass. Combine the blue curaçao and grenadine and slowly drizzle down the side of the glass. It will settle at the bottom and create a beautiful “black and white” layered look.

Film: “Lady Bird” 

The Kiwi Punch represents the struggle of Lady Bird (aka Christine) who desperately wants to fly-off to an out-of-state college but feels grounded by her over protective and critical mother.  A Kiwi is a flightless bird native of New Zealand as well as a fruit also from New Zealand.  Kiwi fruit gives this punch it’s fruity punch and is served in a soda glass making it look unassuming while packing another punch of vodka.  *simply omit the vodka for a non-alcoholic version sans the punch!

Kiwi Punch (aka Flightless Bird) – Serves 8

  • 2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 cups tonic water
  • ice cubes
  • 1 kiwi, thinly sliced for garnish

Garnish: Star fruit slice, mint sprigs
Glassware: 16 oz. Riedel Coca Cola Glass (6 1/2″ h)

In a pitcher, combine diced kiwis, mint leaves, sugar, and ½ lime juiced. Muddle the contents until fully combined. Fill the pitcher with ice and top off with vodka and tonic water. Stir, pour into eight tumbler glasses over ice making sure each glass receives equal amounts of kiwi and mint leaves.  Garnish with a star fruit slice and mint sprig.

Best Foreign Language Film Popcorn

Film: A Fantastic Woman

Country: Chile


Merken is a traditional Chilean seasoning created by the indigenous Mapuche people by blending chile powders, coriander, smoked sweet paprika, salt and oregano.


  • 1 – 3.5 oz. bag of popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Merken
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


Transfer the freshly popped popcorn to a larger zip lock bag, then add the spice mixture and drizzle the melted butter on top. Zip the bag closed and shake until the popcorn is evenly coated with spices.

Film: The Insult
Country: Lebanon



Za’atar is a the most popular spice mixture in Lebanese cuisine. The exact spices vary, but usually includes a mix of basil thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, and sumac.


  • 1 – 3.5 oz. bag of popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons za’atar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted


Transfer the freshly popped popcorn to a larger zip lock bag, then add the spice mixture and drizzle the melted coconut oil on top. Zip the bag closed and shake until the popcorn is evenly coated with spices.

Film: Loveless
Country: Russia


Top your popcorn like a traditional Russian Chak-Chak, a popular fried noodle coated in sticky honey sugar glaze.


  • 1 – 3.5 oz. bag of popped popcorn
  • 8 oz honey
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Preparing the syrup: Pour the honey in a saucepan on medium heat and gradually stir in the vodka and sugar. Hold the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until all the sugar is dissolved.  Pour the hot syrup onto the popcorn in a glass bowl and mix it well and carefully. Coat a glass baking dish with butter and spread the popcorn mixture evenly with spatula chilled with ice water to prevent sticking.

Film: On Body and Soul
Country: Hungary


This Paprikash popcorn recipes uses Hungarian Paprika, dried thyme, garlic salt, onion salt and butter – all of which are commonly used in the iconic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash. It packs the herbal, paprika heat of classic Hungarian cuisine in a movie popcorn.


  • 1 – 3.5 oz. bag of popped popcorn
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


Mix together the thyme, onion and garlic salt, and paprika in a small bowl.

Transfer the freshly popped popcorn to a larger zip lock bag, then add the spice mixture and drizzle the melted butter on top. Zip the bag closed and shake until the popcorn is evenly coated with spices.

Film: The Square

Country: Sweden


Havreflarn is a traditional oatmeal cookie with nuts and dipped in chocolate. Melted chocolate acts as a glue to adhere the crumbled oatmeal cookies and toasted almonds to the popcorn for a Swedish inspired dessert-style movie popcorn.


  • 1 – 3.5 oz bag of popped popcorn
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of broken crispy oatmeal cookies
  • 1/2 chopped toasted almonds


Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring frequently. Pour over the bowl of popcorn and stir in with the broken cookie pieces and almonds.