What To Drink At Your Oscar Party This Weekend

This weekend drink like the Hollywood elite – if it’s good enough for the Governors Ball,thenit’s good enough for your Oscar party too.

By: Tiff Christie|February 8,2020

While there are probably a hundred cocktails you could serve your guests when they attend your Oscars-themed party this weekend, it makes sense to make them what the stars themselves will be drinking.

Tequila Don Julio, the original handcrafted luxury premium Tequila brand, has joined forces with award-winning bartender Charles Joly to create the  cocktails that all the stars will be sipping at the Governors Ball later that night.


The first Academy Awards banquet, on May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel…APS

Curating a custom drinks experience fit for the Oscars is no easy feat! In anticipation for Hollywood’s biggest night, Joly and his team of experts have spent countless hours preparing to curate over 12,000 specialty cocktails that will be served throughout the evening.

These unique cocktails will require 1,000 individually manicured orange peels, over 5,000 drops of bitters to balance and aromatize, 3,600 hand-peeled and marinated tomatoes, and half a mile of sustainable gold straws that match the statues in the room.

While the Governors Ball is by invitation only, you can still sip like the stars if you’re celebrating at home. We have the recipe for three of the cocktails that will be featured – The cocktails include Nominees’ Negroni, When You Have Passion and the Hollywood Highball. These three cocktails blend old-world nostalgia with modern innovation.

Here are the three Oscars Governor’s Ball Cocktails.

Nominees’ Negroni


Nominees’ Negroni Tequila Don Julio Governors Ball Cocktail Created by Charles Joly (PRNewsfoto/Diageo)

The Negroni is one of the classic cocktails that has seen a bit of a resurgence. This version has a twist from using the aged tequila instead of a gin. It is the perfect way to rediscover the classic.


  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Añejo
  • 1 oz Italian Apéritif
  • 1 oz Vermouth Blend*
  • Dash of Orange Bitters

Orange Twist for garnish


Combine Tequila Don Julio Añejo, Italian Apéritif, vermouth blend, and orange bitters into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Stir well.
Garnish with an orange twist

*Vermouth Blend: Combine 4 parts Gewürztraminer wine and 1part American Amaro

When You Have a Passion


When You Have Passion…Tequila Don Julio Governors Ball Cocktail Created by Charles Joly (PRNewsfoto/Diageo)

Many people are fulfilled by their passions. When that passion drives you, it can bring ultimate success.
This cocktail balances the spice from the ginger and the brightness from the passion fruit. Just like success, there is always a little sweet and spice to the best success.


  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Liqueur
  • 1/16 oz Fresh Ginger Juice


Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, passion fruit liqueur, and fresh ginger juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a 50ml Tequila Don Julio Blanco bottle and serve with a mini paper straw.

The Hollywood Highball


The Hollywood Highball Tequila Don Julio Governors Ball Cocktail Created by Charles Joly (PRNewsfoto/Diageo)

Hollywood is known for glitz and glamour. Sometimes an old school, the classic cocktail can convey that feeling.
This cocktail, The Hollywood Highball, takes the classic and gives it an update. From the bubbles from the soda water to the pickled blueberries, this cocktail proves that glamour is always in style.


  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio 70
  • 3/4 oz Coconut Sugar Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Medium Sherry
  • 3 oz Chilled Soda Water

Toasted Coconut for rim and dehydrated Pineapple Flower filled with Pickled Blueberries for garnish


Combine Tequila Don Julio 70, coconut sugar syrup, medium sherry, and chilled soda water into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Stir well.
Garnish with a dehydrated pineapple flower and pickled blueberry.

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