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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

Oscar season is upon us once again, so this week I’m featuring the most cocktail-friendly of the Best Picture Nominees- The Grand Budapest Hotel (DVD/Download)*. Wes Anderson’s charming adventure/caper features all the classic Anderson tropes- fabulous sets, fabulous costumes, refined characters, and beautiful storytelling. It’s a world that I want to step into, martini glass in hand, wry smile on my face. Whatever happens on Sunday night, I’m just glad that more people are talking about this delightful film.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is about a resort hotel in the fictional European republic of Zubrowka (which incidentally is a Polish vodka brand) in the years between “The Great Wars”. M. Gustave is the concierge at this beautiful hotel, where he meets and –ahem- services Madame D. After her sudden death, he is bequeathed a valuable painting, but her family objects and charges M. Gustave with murder. The silky-tongued concierge must now escape from prison and make his way back to the Grand Budapest where the painting has been hidden. Helping him along is his trusted Lobby Boy, and the secret society of the Crossed Keys, a venerable who’s who of Anderson regulars. Ralph Fiennes is absolutely perfect as M. Gustave, playing the character as funny, charming, and desperate all at the same time. Of course I’m madly in love with the sets for the Grand Budapest Hotel, and wish I could check in for a two week break from reality.

My cocktail this week references the famous painting in the film, the fictional “Boy With Apple”. I’m excited to use Calvados this week, which is a French apple brandy. Surely, M. Gustav would have sipped this on many occasions. While watching The Grand Budapest Hotel, I recommend drinking a Grand Apple.

Grand Apple

1.25 oz Calvados

2/3 oz simple syrup

¾ oz fresh grapefruit juice

2/3 oz lemon juice

Pink Champagne

Apple spear (for garnish)

Mix all ingredients except champagne in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with pink champagne and apple.

Pink Apple

The hue of this drink is not quite as pink as the Mendel’s boxes of confections in the film, but you get the idea. Because of the addition of pink champagne, this cocktail makes a great addition to your Oscar party this year. I know I’ll be sipping it during the telecast, and wishing I had a Lobby Boy to attend to my every need. Oh wait, isn’t that what they call a husband? 😉 Cheers!


*note: While I love The Grand Budapest Hotel and think it’s a great movie to watch with a cocktail, I will actually be rooting for Boyhood this Sunday. I cannot say enough good things about this film, nor even put into words the impact it’s had on me. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. Then buy the book.

Special Edition: Oscars

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It’s finally here!!!!!  My favorite night of the year, the night where beautiful and talented stars line up on the red carpet, answer inane questions from Giuliana Rancic, and pretend to lose gracefully when their name is not called up to the podium.  That’s right- it’s the Oscars!

I’m actually pretty excited about tonight’s line-up because there aren’t a lot of sure bets this year.  Okay, I admit, Jared Leto and Cate Blanchett are probably shoo-ins, but when it comes to the Best Picture category, it’s anybody’s guess.  I have high hopes that I triumphed in my office Oscar pool, but this year it was pretty tough to guess the winners.  Thus I will be sitting on the edge of my seat with all of you Cinema Sips readers, waiting to see if Gravity takes it all, or American Hustle manages some surprise wins.

One thing that I do know for certain however, is that there is bound to be some AMAZING fashion tonight.  With nominees like Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett, the red carpet is going to be quite the show.  I have high hopes that Jennifer Lawrence will triumph over her electrical tape-bedsheet Golden Globes disaster, and my husband has high hopes that he’ll get to see more of Amy Adams’ sternum tonight.  Will Jared Leto leave his Jesus-locks down or pull them into a chic up-do?  How many jokes will be made at the expense of model-izer Leonardo DiCaprio?  These are questions I am dying to find answers to.

My drink tonight is fairly simple because I know we’re going to be far too busy dissecting outfits to bother with complicated drink recipes.  Tonight, I’m planning to get dressed up in my Oscar-finest (aka- an old bridesmaid dress), hit up In-N-Out burger like the real celebrities do, and fix myself a Red Carpet cocktail.

Red Carpet

Pink Champagne (or sparkling Rosé wine)

1/2 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur

Maraschino Cherry

Pour chilled champagne into glass, top with St. Germain, and garnish with Maraschino Cherry.


Enjoy this fizzy drink while you laugh at Ellen Degeneres’ jokes (though who are we kidding- she’s no Tina Fey/Amy Poehler) and wince as the E! hosts subject stars to the Glam Cam 360.  This is Hollywood’s biggest night, and I for one plan to celebrate a great year in cinema.  Cheers!