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Don Julio creates amazing official Oscars cocktails

Don Julio creates amazing official Oscars cocktails

Diageo’s luxury tequila brand Don Julio has created four signature cocktails to celebrate its sponsorship of the Academy Awards official after-party, the Governor’s Ball. 

The 91st Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 24, with the Governor’s Ball following at the Ray Dolby Ballroom immediately following the Oscar telecast. The Ball’s 1500 invited guests will include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

Around 6000 cocktails are expected to be served at the Oscars with reusable gold metal straws. Approximately 100,000 fresh herb leaves will be used (roughly 40,000 rosemary, 60,000 thyme), 7500 hibiscus flower petals, 10,000 drops of bitters and 100 hours of hands-on cocktail preparation and months of planning will be involved. 

Mixologist Charles Joly – 2014 Diageo Reserve Global World Class winner – has created four signature cocktails for the night: the Rosella, Ancho Old Fashioned, Columba and El Dorado.

“Being able to design signature cocktails for the biggest party of the year is obviously a tremendous honor,” Joly told ABC News. “Having the opportunity to assemble the best bartenders in the business and serve guests at the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball is even better!”

Here are Joly’s recipes:


1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1/2 ounces White Vermouth

3/4 ounces Fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

5 drops Scrappy’s lavender bitters

1 1/2 ounces Fever Tree ginger beer

Hibiscus flower

Orange oils

Directions:Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, white vermouth, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters into a shaker with ice. Shake gently. Strain into a flute over a hibiscus flower. Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer and mist with orange oils.

Ancho Old Fashioned

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado

Barspoon of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur

3 drops Bittered Sling Arabica Coffee Bitters

1/3 ounce Rich Demerara Syrup (2 parts sugar:1 part water)

Orange oil for mist

Orange twist for garnish

Directions: Stir Tequila Don Julio Reposado, chile liqueur, coffee bitters and demerara syrup over ice. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass over one large cube. Mist with orange oil and place orange twist decoratively.


1 1/4 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

Barspoon Port

Barspoon Sweet Vermouth

3/4 oz Sparkling Wine (dry, simple like a Prosecco)

1/2 oz Blood Orange Juice

1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 oz Honey Syrup (1 part honey, 1 part water), adjust to taste

1/2 oz Water

Directions: Chill and combine all ingredients, adding the sparkling wine just prior to bottling or serving. Serve chilled pre-bottled or a la minute in the glass of your choice.

El Dorado (pictured main)

1 ¼ oz Don Julio 1942

2 oz Coconut Milk

3/4 oz Cold Brew Coffee

3/4 oz Caramelized Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Anise and Orange Essence

Smoked Salt and Cocoa Nibs for Garnish

Gold Egg Shells

Directions: Combine Tequila Don Julio 1942, coconut milk, cold brew coffee, caramelized pineapple juice, simple syrup, and anise and orange essences in a whipped cream canister with NO2. Slowly release into gold egg shells. Dust with smoked salt and cocoa nibs.

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