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Turn your Oscar Night watch party from ho-hum into oh-yeah with a couple of simple party tips from Brown-Forman’s Chief Entertainment Officer, Tim Laird.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones who can get the red carpet treatment. Start your evening off with Laird’s The Red Carpet-tini – a red martini served in a glass rimmed in red sugar.

The Red Carpet-tini

In a shaker with ice, add:

  • 1½ ounces Finlandia Tangerine vodka
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • Dash of orange bitters

Shake and strain into a martini glass rimmed with red sugar

TIP: Use red tablecloths and napkins to give your party the feel of the Oscars.


Let’s face it – movies are definitely better if there are popcorn and candy.

“For the popcorn, I set out three large buckets of caramel, cheese, and plain popcorn,” Laird said. “Your guests can help themselves and even build their own personalized bucket of popcorn with an assortment of toppings and seasonings.”

Laird suggests toppings such as chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, M&M’s, dried cranberries, bacon bits and peanuts.

Be sure to also have melted butter and keep it warm in a small slow cooker.

Additional seasoning choices include garlic Parmesan, white cheddar, ranch and Bourbon Barrel Foods Smoked Paprika, Bourbon…