I haven’t thrown an awards show viewing party in a few years, but on a recent trip to Target I saw some cocktail napkins that were begging me to come up with some fresh ideas for this year’s Oscar night. Whether you’re throwing a big party for your girlfriends to come over and watch the awards, or you’re tweeting a play-by-play of red carpet dresses in your pajamas  (cough::cough, me),  the most important viewing accompaniment (besides a fully charged phone) is a signature cocktail. Champagne is always a nice touch, but recently I have been mixing up this quick cocktail on weekends and thought it would be perfect to serve for Sunday’s big event. I’m calling it my ruby red carpet cocktail, because it combines fresh ruby red grapefruit juice with vodka and some elderflower soda. You can find elderflower soda at Trader Joe’s, or in most grocery stores near the cocktail mixers and sodas. The drink is light and refreshing, and can even be served as a tasty mocktail — just omit the vodka and add soda water in its place. No cocktail is complete without some festive adornments, so I pulled out my favorite striped straws (I still have black and white ones leftover from our wedding!), some tinsel drink stirrers, and I tied star tassel charms around the bases of the goblets. Get the full recipe below, and be sure to check out my awards show viewing party appetizers I’m making for Sunday night’s festivities: Apricot, Pistachio, and Goat Cheese Tartlets and Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket.

Ruby Red Carpet Cocktail.
Serves: 1 Drink
  • 1 Part Vodka
  • 1 Part Elderflower Soda
  • 1 Part Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • Ice
  • Fresh Grapefruit Wedges, for garnish
  1. In a glass filled halfway with ice, combine one part each: vodka, elderflower soda, and fresh grapefruit juice.
  2. Stir to combine and garnish with fresh grapefruit wedges.