Sensational Belvedere Cocktail Recipes from the Film Festival
Belvedere Vodka once again was a generous sponsor providing signature cocktails served in exquisite glasses for toasting and celebrating throughout the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. From the opening gala at El Paseo Center downtown to the Lobero Theatre nightclub, where celebs and filmmakers joined forces each evening, to the chic Lounge in the Arlington Theatre it was a fun time for sponsors, attendees and celebrities to enjoy a toast with signature cocktails following the SBIFF tributes each evening.
Allison Janney and Margot Robbie did print and television interviews in the Belvedere Lounge in the Arlington following their Outstanding Performers of the Year Award presentation on the Arlington Theatre stage before a packed house of enthusiastic film lovers.
The Belvedere Cocktail Bars were packed with people who loved the great menu of drinks being served during the festival. The Modern Greyhound, Belvedere Martini and Espresso Martini seemed to be great favorites. The grapefruit juice in the Modern Greyhound was a crowd pleaser, and several people said they loved the Espresso Martini, and it did not keep them awake at night. Who does not find a Belvedere Martini appealing? The beautiful glassware used in the lounges caused quite a buzz with guests and honorees.
Additional 2018 SBIFF honorees included Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. Prior to each evening tribute, the honorees arrived in the Club 85 Lounge where Belvedere cocktails were served with passed canapes.
A few favorites from Belvedere 2018 served at SBIFF events and after parties included the Modern Greyhound and the Belvedere Martini and Espresso Martini. See recipes below and enjoy them at your own home Oscar party on March 4.
- 1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
- 0.5 oz Aperol
- 3 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
- 1 oz Tonic Water
Method: Combine all ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice. Roll contents and garnish with a grapefruit slice and a dash of salt.
- 2 oz Belvedere Vodka
- 0.25 oz French Fortified Wine
Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pink grapefruit twist.
- 1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
- 1 oz Espresso
- 0.5 oz Coffee Liqueur
Method: Add all ingredients to a pint glass. Add ice to top of glass and stir for just over 1 minute until properly diluted. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.
About Belvedere Vodka
Born of Rye, Water and Character. Created in 1993, Belvedere Vodka was the first to generate a new standard for excellence in the vodka category and established the luxury vodka category. Today, Belvedere's distinctive character and uncompromising integrity are recognized internationally by discriminating vodka enthusiasts who appreciate its all natural, additive free character. Crafted using Polish Dankowskie Rye and blended with water from its own local pristine source, Belvedere's taste profile is distinctively soft with a subtle sweetness and smooth, clean finish.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attracts more than 90,000 attendees. SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. In recent years SBIFF has expanded its year round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals. For details visit: www.sbiff.org.