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    >> and we're back on this friday with more "today" and a quick guide to throwing an a-list oscar party . only sandra can take bits from each movie and make your party come alive.

    >> we can't help but start with a celebratory cocktail. they're the owners of mpg, a french restaurant right here in new york city .

    >> this is something to start off your weekend. i know it's friday. this was inspired by "the black swan ." it's a mixture of rose wine , a little bit of rum together with cognac.

    >> we're going to check in with you guys in a little bit.

    >> we like service and make you wait till the end.

    >> this is a great, great thing to have at a party.

    >> this is for your girlfriends. you put down a red carpet . you could do red felt. you welcome them on the red carpet . you take a little polaroid photo here and it's like instant gratification. we need to be modern, right? you want to get your dog involved, so this is his winner's bone here. you want fido to be appropriately ttired in a tux. this is from the new york dog store. a nice red table cloth and a runner to represent the red carpet . " black swan " hint here. we have cocktail napkins that are retro vintage, but if you don't have time to buy those, you can make your own black bow tie out of my daughter's construction paper. so sweet. and put together with super high-tech tape, right? when we get to the food, i love super heavy appetizers, and this is a nod to "true grit." these are fritters made with mashed potatoes and chicken, a lime dipping sauce --

    >> can i try it?

    >> absolutely. they were just made. all the recipes are on recipes.com.

    >> what's it again?

    >> it's mashed potatoes and chicken.

    >> it's better than the dog food .

    >> better than the dog food ?

    >> yeah, much better.

    >> this is for "the fighter." i got this on line. we all have shot glasses so just make it work for you. and this is peanuts. i like doing the shot glasses because it's just a little sip. for "127 hours," these are glazed chicken wings for the fellow who got his wing caught in the boulder.

    >> that's a little sick. we like that about you.

    >> there's a plate here because obviously he was hiking and all that. another nod to " black swan " with our black and white parfaits that are absolutely delicious made with cheesecake. "the king's speech." after that, buy store-bought cookies for yourself, make it easier. mixing and matching are totally fine. a decaf carmel macchiato for "the inception" because you want to dream at night. make what you have work for you, and the wet wipes to clean up after all this. then this is the real girl 's goody bag. this is a real tip that stylists use to make celebs look rocking. this is a glimmer style spray to spray on the hair to give you a shine. lash extend to extend your lashes and also give you macara mascara. wet and fast dry nail color. this is a treatment for the lip. that makes your lip color last longer.

    >> have you been introduced to that brand, josey moran? it's really great. they use that in the makeup room sometimes.

    >> you put that on your eye so your eye pops for photos. these are facial wipes for the end of the evening. you wipe off all your makeup. and last but not least, this is the hello kitty clutch cosmetics case.

    >> you know who loves that? we love to give that to bobbie.

    >> bobbie is nuts about hello kitty .

    >> a little disturbing, but she is.

    >> we're going to keep drinking. tell us what you got.

    >> this is the canyon inspired by "127 hours."

    >> what's in that?

    >> a spiced rum, a juniper liquer, shake it over ice. refreshing, right? a little more feminine.

    >> i don't usually like cocktails but i would make an exception for this one.

    >> this is the sweet dream inspired by the movie "the inception."

    >> what about "the social network ," guys?

    >> it's coming up. this is a black raspberry vodka served with a touch of st. jermaine.

    >> what is st. jermaine?

    >> it's i liquer mixed in with the famous drinks these days. it's topped off in a martina glass over ice and it's more feminine.

    >> that almost tastes healthy. what else?

    >> here we go. this is what you're looking for. this is more of the gentleman's drink.

    >> got some scotch in it?

    >> bourbon. this will wake you up.

    >> southern ladies like their bourbon.

    >> this is called "tthe status update from "the social network ." this has ginger syrup, a touch of lime.

    >> it's almost a little mint julepy.

    >> what's at the end of the train here?

    >> this is -- what do we have here?

    >> lemonade?

    >> it looks like lemonade. it's a concoction of tequila, beer and limeade. it's not lemonade, it's limeade.

    >> we'll just drink it. it doesn't matter, really.

    >> is it the oscars yet?

TODAY recipes
updated 2/25/2011 1:08:07 PM ET 2011-02-25T18:08:07

Recipe: The Nina

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces of Rose Wine
  • 1/2 ounce Cognac
  • 1 ounce White rum
  • 1/2 ounce Lime juice
  • 1 ounce Simple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons berries
  • Ice
Preparation

This spin on the traditional sangria will bring out your competitive self helping you root for your favorite Oscar nominee.

Fill shaker with ice. Add 2 ounce. Rose, 1/2 ounce cognac, 1 ounce white rum, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 ounce of lime juice and 1 table spoon seasonal berries (raspberry, strawberries, blueberries). Shake vigorously. Fill wine glass with ice and single strain mixed contents into glass. Add 1 table spoon of fresh berries in wine glass. Serve with a straw.

Recipe: The Canyon

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 ounce Spiced rum
  • 3/4 ounce June liquor
  • 1/2 ounce Agave nectar
  • 1 ounce Rhubarb puree
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Ice
Preparation

Adventurous as Aaron Ralston from “127 Hours”? Refresh yourself Ralston style with MPD's Rhubarb cocktail featuring agave nectar straight from the plains of Death Valley.

Fill a Shaker with Ice. Add 1/2 ounce of Lime Juice, 3/4 ounce June Liquor, 1/2 ounce Agave Nectar, 1 ounce Rhubarb Puree and 1 1/2 ounce of Spiced Rum. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Double strain to finish.

Recipe: Sweet Dream

Ingredients
  • 1/2 ounce Black raspberry vodka
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain
  • 1/3 ounce Lime juice
  • 1 ounce Whtie cranberry
  • 1/4 ounce Simple syrup
  • 2 ounce Champagne
Preparation

Gong… enter a new level of sleep with MPD's Sweet Dream cocktail and imagine what level of dreaming you're in a la Leonardo Dicaprio in “Inception.”

Fill a shaker with Ice. Add 1/2 ounce Lime Juice, 1 ounce of Cranberry, 1/4 ounce simple syrup, 3/4 ounce of St. Germain and 1 1/2 ounce of Black Raspberry Vodka. Fill a wine glass with ice half way. Top with 2 ounce of Champagne.

Recipe: Status Update

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Apple juice or 5 pices of apples
  • 3/4 ounce Ginger syrup
  • 3/4 ounce Lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce Royal Combier
Preparation

Get inspired like the inventors of Facebook by drinking MPD's updated appletini just like Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker's characters do in the movie!

Fill a shaker with Ice. Add 3/4 ounce of Royal Combier (orange liquor),1/2 apple cider, 3/4 ounce of lime juice, 3/4 ounce of ginger syrup, 2 ounce of Bulleit Bourbon. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Double strain to finish.

Recipe: Stay at home punch

Ingredients
  • 1 can of Frozen Limeade
  • 1 can of Silver Tequila
  • 1 bottle of light beer
  • 1 can of water
Preparation

This communal and tequila based punch, yields a tasty concoction perfect for fueling conversation during the awards ceremony and bringing out your inner Annette Benning and Julianne Moore.

Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher filled with ice. Fill limeade can with Silver Tequila, pour into pitcher. Fill limeade can with water, pour into pitcher. Stir and enjoy.

Serving Size

Makes 9 servings

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