Welcome to the first recipe in the Oscar-Worthy Cocktails Series. This fine Bourbon and Black Tea adult beverage is inspired by my all-time favorite classic film, To Kill A Mockingbird.
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The Oscars are happening 27 days from today and it’s my mission to make sure we’re all drinking like stars on the Big Night.
The idea behind the Oscar-Worthy Cocktails series is that I combine my love of film with my love of alcohol, distill them down into a cocktail recipe that is also an homage to cinema and then, finally, release the recipes into cyberspace!
I’ve named this cocktail Another Man’s Shoes because, to me, that’s the heart of the film. Justice, civility, democracy. They all hinge on us being able to stand in another man’s shoes long enough to understand where he (or she) is coming from.
We don’t have to agree with their perspective. But we have to at least try to see it. As fellow human beings, we owe each other that much.
At the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird, the jury stayed out much longer than expected. Everyone thought it would be an open and shut case. Black man vs white woman. But Atticus got them to stand in Tom’s shoes, forcing them to grapple with the notion that their never-before-questioned way of life could be unjust.
Also, at the end of the film, Scout finally sees the mythologized neighborhood spook, Boo, as a real person. If you want to watch the scene, it’s right here. It gets me every time. As she’s looking at him you can see all the rumors and half-truths she’s heard about him slipping away. And, at the same time, the smile in Boo/Arthur’s eyes grows and grows because he is finally being seen.
Oscar-Worthy Cocktails: Another Man’s Shoes
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Film buff? Check out the rest of the Oscar-Worthy Cocktails Series here.
This fine Bourbon and Black Tea adult beverage is inspired by the classic film, To Kill A Mockingbird.
- 6 cups boiling water
- 6 black tea bags
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 ounces bourbon
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- fresh mint leaves and cracked coriander seeds, to garnish
Add tea bags to boiled water and let steep about five minutes.
Remove tea bags and add maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir well and let cool completely.
In a cocktail shaker full of ice, add 4 ounces of the tea mixture along with the bourbon and lime juice.
Shake well and pour evenly into two rocks glasses.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and cracked coriander seeds.
- This recipe makes enough tea for about 24 cocktails.
- Nutrition information and calories is approximate.