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TV Junkie: Oscar Picks - Cocktails & Winners

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Our Oscars picks - both classic cocktails and winners
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Tomorrow's predictably stuffy 83rd Annual Academy Awards might be an experience that starts for you at 11am if you decide to tune into the pre-pre-pre red carpet programming available on E!, and the TV Guide network, among others. Even if you watch just the tail end of the actual red carpet and the awards show itself, you are looking at 4+ hours of TV and the need to liven it up is paramount.

We're not about to provide you with a full list of recipe for homemade canapes because this is an event that the prepared foods counter at your local gourmet supermarket is for. Before we proceed to our misinformed list of (projected) Oscar winners, we'll give you a list of some of the cocktails we'll be relying on to get us through the evening. [If you do have friends coming over, please be sure they have a designated driver or plans to take a taxi home - be aware that taxi services might be slow on a night as busy as tomorrow.]

If there's one thing about cocktail recipes that annoy us, it's the requirement to have a complete collection of obscure unguents that go bad before you have the chance to use more than an ounce from them. All that's needed in the following drinks are champagne, American rye whiskey, gin, bourbon, Angostura bitters, vermouth, lemons/limes, mint, sugar.