Oscar Party Cocktails

These cocktails were inspired by Natalie Portman’s performance in “The Black Swan” as a relentlessly driven ballet dancer whose obsession with perfection warps her mind.

White Swan vs. Black Swan, one movie, two drinks, one memorable Oscar party. If it’s simplicity you seek, kick off your red carpet event with two enticing libations. For this year’s Oscar party, plan on catering to both personalities. The White Swan, with its fresh orange juice and sparkling champagne embraces grace and innocence, while the Black Swan captures the darker and more sensual personality with its intoxicating combination of Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur and vodka.

The envelope please. And the Oscar goes to? You be the judge. Which swan cocktail matches your personality?


White Swan & Black Swan


White Swan:
4-5 blackberries or white raspberries when in season (skewer for a swizzle stick)
1/4 ounce of Chambord
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
Top with champagne

Black Swan:
6-8 blackberries (drop 3-4 into the glass and use the remaining for a swizzle stick)
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce of Chambord
Top with champagne


White Swan:
Combine Chambord and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass. Top with a splash of champagne and garnish with a blackberry swizzle stick.

Black Swan:
Combine vodka and Chambord in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass and add 3-4 blackberries. Top with a splash of champagne and garnish with a blackberry swizzle stick.

Photography and recipe by Jeanine Thurston

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9 Responses to “Oscar Party Cocktails”

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    Cooking in Mexico — February 27, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    How elegant! I’ll take one of each, please. Time to mix my drink and turn on the TV.


    • muybuenocookbook replied: — February 28th, 2011 @ 9:32 am

      So are you a white or black swan Kathleen??? Inquiring minds want to know. LOL!

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    oureyeseatfirst — February 27, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    how clever! great idea : j

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    Rosa — February 28, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Those are fantastic! I love cocktails. Great creations.



    • muybuenocookbook replied: — February 28th, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

      Hola Rosa, Thanks for stopping by our cocina. Glad to hear you love cocktails too. We have TONS of cocktail recipes and have toyed with the idea of another blog/book…Latina Lush. LOL!

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    robertakitchen — February 28, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    I loved it!!
    Yu gave me a great idea to welcome my friends on the next dinner…
    I’ll try both, by I guess I’ll prefer the white ones!

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

      Keep us posted Roberta! We’d LOVE to hear which one was more popular with your friends.

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    pixelatedcrumb — March 8, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    OK, first of all, I can’t wait to try the Black Swan, and second, I LOVE the idea of Latina Lush! Great name!

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — March 9th, 2011 @ 11:17 am

      Thanks PC!!! You have motivated me to incorporate our “Latina Lush” name into our cookbook/blog. Thanks for reminding me that it’s a very fun name!

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