Women On Film – Per Request: AWFJ 2008 EDA Award-Winner Cocktail Recipes

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We’ve been asked for the recipes for the four cocktails served at AWFJ’s 2008 EDA Awards celrbration. Each cocktail was named for one of our winners. And here, in alphabetical order, they are:

  • Frozen River,” named for the winner of AWFJ’s 2008 EDA Award for Best Film (“Frozen River”) Directed by A Women (Courtney Hunt), and several other categories: Mix vodka with blue Curacao and pineapple juice. Shake well over ice. Drain into a martini glass.
  • Happy-Go-Lucky,” named for Sally Hawkins’ 2008 EDA Award for Best Actress for her unflinchinly cheerful performance in Mike Leigh’s wonderful film of the same title, is a frothy light-hearted starter: Mix vodka with watermelon liquor. Shake vigorously over ice. Strain into a martini glass.
  • Prop-8-Banger,” named in honor of Sean Penn’s brilliant portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey Milk in “Milk.” As Maitland McDonagh pointed out, we would offend drinkers if we used the word milk in our drink’s name because mild just doesn’t mix well with alcohol. So we focused on Harvey, then added a dash of our current political ire, and came up with “Prop-8-Banger.” To concoct it, you mix vodka with sour apple liquor, stir it over ice and strain it into a martini glass.
  • Sumdog-tini, a tropical India-evoking delight named for 2008 EDA Award-winning Best Film “Slumdog Millionaire,” directed by Best Director Danny Boyle: Mix vokda, mango and orange juice, shake over ice, strain into a martini glass.
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Enjoy! And, for everyone’s sake, do not drive after drinking any of these winning cocktails. But, if you’d care to share your impressions, we’d like to know which is your favorite.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and About.com. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).

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