I’m so excited to bring you this special Academy Awards inspired post! We got together with a bunch of talented cooks and bloggers and developed movie inspired treats to help you plan your Oscars Party. Like this Orange Vanilla Martini inspired by the movie, The Post.
And be sure to check out the other Academy Awards inspired treats below.
The Academy Awards are coming March 4th. I must admit, I rarely have time to go to the movies anymore, but the Academy Awards are always on my “must see” list. The movies, Jimmy Kimmel, the celebrities, the DRESSES!
And who doesn’t need a cocktail to celebrate all of that?
We chose the Academy Award nominated movie “The Post” to inspire our recipe for the Orange Vanilla Martini recipe featured here today. Set in the 1970s it features the uber talented Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a newspaper, which happens to be the Washington Post. Tom Hanks plays the Washington Post’s editor, Ben Bradlee. The two pair up to determine how and if they should expose what they believe to be a massive government cover-up that spans many decades and multiple presidents. And of course these decisions have consequences. Big, big consequences.
Strong female lead. Big government. Independent press with consequences of freedom of speech. Let that sink in.
Government versus The Press. Sound familiar? Turns out the themes of the 1970s may not be so far from the themes of 2018.
Orange Vanilla Martini Please.
Brings us right back to that cocktail, right?
If you’re a hardcore “I want to taste my gin with salty olives, none of this fancy stuff” martini fan, this one may not be for you. If you’re a “I want my drink to taste great but still pack a punch” martini fan, tune in for the Orange Vanilla Martini. This is your cocktail. Flavored simple syrup plus gin plus Cointreau plus fresh squeezed orange juice equals a sweet but strong sipper.
Strong female lead indeed.
Here are the links to our fabulous bloggers and their Academy Awards inspired creations:
Orange Vanilla Simple Syrup
This is a simple syrup that is easy to make and can be used to create a delicious Orange Vanilla Martini.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 orange peels (large oranges) (you will need the peels of 3 oranges if they are small oranges)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (you want to use good quality vanilla extract)
Pour water into a small saucepan.
Add sugar, orange peels, cinnamon sticks and vanilla.
Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute (all sugar should be dissolved).
Remove from heat and allow to steep for 1 hours.
Strain syrup into a glass jar, discarding orange peels and cinnamon sticks.
Keep simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
This will make approximately 1 cup of simple syrup.
You can certainly use the scraped inside of a vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract, if you have this readily available to you. If you're using vanilla extract like we did, just make sure you use good quality vanilla extract.
Orange Vanilla Martini
This is a sweet cocktail that packs a punch.
- 2 ounces gin (We use Hendrick's)
- 1/2 ounces Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce Orange Vanilla simple syrup (see previous recipe)
- 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
- orange peel for garnish
- maraschino cherries for garnish
Place ice in a cocktail shaker.
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker.
Shake until cold and frosty.
Pour into chilled Martini glass and enjoy!
Let us know what you think below! Do you throw an Oscars party? Which movies have you seen? Comment below! If you make the Orange Vanilla Martini, snap a photo and post it on your social media channels with the hashtag #WithTwoSpoons-we’d love to see your creation! Or post it on our social media channels-we’d love to hear from you!