AWFJ Women On Film – 2009 EDA Awards Cocktail Recipes

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It’s tradition at AWFJ’s annual EDA Awards celebration to name cocktails for the year’s winning and nominated films. We’ve been asked for the recipes for the five cocktails served at AWFJ’s 2009 EDA Awards celrbration, and here, in alphabetical order, they are:

  • THE DIRTY DISTRICT NINE, honoring District Nine, the 2009 EDA Award winner for Cultural Crossover: Mix Blue Ice Vodka with Monin Espresso syrup and espresso coffee, shake over ice and drain into a martini glass, add garnish of Ghirardelli shaved chocolate and a chocolate-covered coffee bean
  • THE SPECIAL EDUCATION, honoring An Education, which was nominated for best film and winner for Best Actress (Carey Mulligan) and Best Depiction of Nudity: Mix Blue Ice Vodka with Rishi Organic Cinnamon Plum tea (pre-brewed strong and cooled), shake over ice and drain into a tumbler, add garnish of cinnamon stick and confectioners multi-colored candy stars.
  • THE EXPLOSIVE BLOODY MARY, honoring The Hurt Locker, which won Best Film, Best Director and other awards for Kathryn Bigelow and Best Ensemble Cast: Mix Blue Ice Vodka with tomato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, ground horseradish and a dash of ground celery seed, shake over ice and pour into a tumbler, garnish with a grenade-size pepperoncini and thin slice of fresh serrano pepper.
  • THE PIP-PIPPA LEE, honoring The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, nominated for Best Women Screenwriter for Rebecca Miller: Mix Blue Ice Vodka with organic apple juice, shake over ice and pour into a martini glass, garnish with a swizzle of candied orange peel.
  • THE WAY – WAY – WAAAY UP, honoring Up In The Air, nominated for Best Film and multiple performance awards, and winner of Best Screenplay, Adapted: Mix Blue Ice Vodka with Red Bull (sugar-free), shake over ice and pour into a tumbler, garnish with three cherries: maraschino, sour and fresh.

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. And, see you next year, for the winning AWFJ 2010 EDA AWARDS cocktails.

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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 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).