05 March, 2010

Celebrating...a night of stars and friends

Only 2 more days until the Hollywood buzz!! Are you one of those who can’t wait until the Academy Awards? I am not a big fan and usually don’t watch. But this year, I just might. Not because I want to see the fabulous outfits, or I care who wins best movie or best actress (chances are I haven’t seen most of the movies nominated). I might tune in because of an invitation that I received.

You see, in this information age where distance is nothing but a computer screen away, I have been invited to an on-line Oscars party. How cool is that?!! A friend in planning to set up an IM group and the guests will be able to “chat” in real-time about what is going on. Scanning the invitee list, there was someone from California, someone from Atlanta, someone from New York and me in Chicago, among other places.

This reminds me of one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received. My friend in Minnesota sent me a DVD that she also bought for herself and we synced them and watched the movie as we held the phone and made our comments. Sounds crazy, but it was really, really fun!! The telephone and internet have made the world a much smaller place. If you can’t be there in person, you can still hang out…with a little electronic help. Who knows…20 years from now, maybe people will be hologrammed across the internet and be able to sit in the same room together. Maybe that will only take 10 years!

In the meantime, I am excited about the on-line Oscars party. So if you haven’t been in touch with one of your girlfriends in a while, why not call or email them and set something up.

In case you do, I’ve found some cocktails that you might want to enjoy---together, over the miles!!

Recipes are from Sandra Lee of “Semi-Homemade”. To see the complete list of cocktails, check out the Entertainment Weekly site.

Here are my three nominations:

"There's so much abuse and violence in this movie. I think that any adult who watches that movie should have a cocktail. That girl's gone through so much that, by the time you get done, you're so emotionally spent that you need a drink. And that cocktail is precious.

Recipe (makes one drink):
1 1/2 oz. vanilla-flavored vodka (suggest Smirnoff)
1 1/2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
2 tbsp. cream of coconut
3/4 oz key lime juice
Ice cubes
Lime slice

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and key lime juice. Add ice; cover and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime slice.

"I'm a huge Sandra Bullock fan and this is a girl drink — a mom dessert cocktail for doing good at the end of the day. When her son wins the football game, God bless, she gets to go home and have her cocktail."

Recipe (makes 1 drink):
2.25 oz. half-and-half
1 oz. sambuca (suggest Romana Sambuca)
1/2 oz. coffee Irish cream liqueur (suggest Baileys)
Ice cubes
Whole coffee beans

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add half-and-half, sambuca, and coffee liqueur. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with whole coffee beans.


"Avatar was by far my favorite movie," says Lee, who is also the author of Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time. "Even though it was intense, it's amazing how you can bond with an animated character. When they plugged Sigourney Weaver into the tree, and you're just willing her to live, it was very emotional. The white cranberry's sweeter than the red cranberry juice so that's why I use that in this blue drink. And the citrus vodka honors that beautiful tree of life."

Recipe (makes one drink):
1 oz. citrus vodka (suggest Ketel One Citroen)
1 oz. white cranberry juice
1/2 oz. blue curaçao
1 squeeze lime juice
Ice cubes

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients; cover and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled glass.

Whether you are planning a party or watching solo, or not watching at all, enjoy Sunday---Oscar night!!

Celebrate…with a little gold statue!

Luv Ya!!

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