Cocktails by Candlelight
Pairing Fragrance and Libations For an Unforgettable Happy Hour
This month’s Cocktails by Candlelight is inspired by one of my favorite evenings of the year. Oscar night! The Academy Awards are airing on Sunday, February 22. Whether you are hosting a soiree with friends or plan to enjoy them quietly at home, you need cocktails and candles to make the night complete. I recently posted that the Red Flower Moroccan Rose candle is a luxurious rosy scent that recalls classic Hollywood elegance. The rose petals that come with the candle cast a dramatic effect on a refreshment table filled with cocktails and fun finger foods. This candle is fabulous, but I wanted to present some more options for Oscar Party fragrances. I drew on the Best Actress Nominations for Oscar party candle inspiration, and my personal Best Picture choice for cocktail inspiration.
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night.
Paddywax Bamboo & Green Tea Eco Candle
The Paddywax Bamboo & Green Tea Eco Candle is a great choice for those pulling for a Marion Cotillard win. In Two Days, One Night, Cotillard plays Sandra, a woman who discovers that she has lost her job at a solar panel factory after being released from the hospital. She needs to convince her former coworkers to sacrifice a huge monetary bonus that they would receive if she does not return. Bamboo & Green Tea offers a clean fragrance including a touch of honey that Sandra needs to win over each of her former coworkers.
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Trapp No. 70 Black Orchid & Ylang
Gone Girl is based on Gillian Flynn’s thrilling bestseller. Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne, half of a very unhappy and disturbed couple. There are wild twists and turns in this book and film. The film ends slightly differently than the book, but I was pretty angry with the ending of both! Rosamund Pike still delivers a fantastic performance though, and if I were pulling for her to win the Oscar, I would channel her my good-luck vibes with the scent of Trapp Black Orchid Ylang. Black orchids are rare and mysterious while ylang ylang “can be helpful in cases of stress, shock, or anxiety,” all emotions that Amy Dunne, her husband Nick, and the viewer experience during this film.
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Aura defines Cosmic as limitless and grandiose, much like the universe that cosmologist Stephen Hawking explores. Felicity Jones plays Jane Wilde Hawking, who authored the book, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen Hawking.” Enjoy the nostalgical blend of Aura Cosmic‘s orange and vanilla notes as a nod to the Hawking’s sweet memories of her extraordinary relationship with Stephen.
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Linnea’s Lights Wild Fern
Linnea’s Lights Wild Fern will provide the glorious scent of the outdoors, recalling the rugged setting of Wild. Reese Witherspoon stars in this film based on the candid memoir of Cheryl Strayed who hiked 1100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother and the end of her marriage sent her spiraling downward. As you cheer for Witherspoon to take home the gold, you can take in the beautiful fragrance of crisp greens, stems and herbs with a breath of optimism knowing that Strayed made it out of the wilderness to write this powerful account of physical and emotional survival.
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
LAFCO Library Walnut and Sage
Julianne Moore delivers a heartbreaking performance as the star of Still Alice. Moore plays a linguistics professor, wife, and mother who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at a much younger age than the average onset of this disease. As she drifts away from the life that she knows, she says, “I live for each day. I live for the moment.” For Moore fans, LAFCO’s Library is a scent that would possibly be familiar to a lover of language like Alice. The Library fragrance is warm and comforting with notes of sweet walnuts, roasted chestnuts, and woody sage. Enjoy this soothing scent as a reminder to live for each day.
What To Drink?
I stumbled upon a very clever roundup of Oscar night cocktails on the blog, Cook In/Dine Out. Blogger Andrew Huddleston created a cocktail for each film nominated for the Best Picture award. Since I am pulling for a Richard Linklater/Boyhood win, I will be giving this citrusy rum refresher a try.
Inspired by the movie’s gimmick of being filmed in segments over 12 years, this recipe spells out the film’s name.
Bacardi Light Rum, 1 1/2 oz.
Orange curaçao, dry (Pierre Ferrand), 1/2 oz.
Yellow Chartreuse, 1/2 oz.
Honey syrup 1/2 oz. (Note: To make honey syrup, stir together equal parts of honey and warm water until combined.)
Orange bitters, 2 dashes
Orange peel, garnish
Drizzle of fresh lime juice (1 oz., about 1/2 a lime)
Combine rum, orange curaçao, Chartreuse, honey syrup, orange bitters and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with orange peel.
(See all of Andrew’s Best Picture inspired cocktails, here.)
Will you be tuning in to the Oscars? Let us know all about your candle burning and cocktail swilling.