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Drafthouse Beverage Director Bill Norris shows us how to whip up Oscar-themed cocktails

Drafthouse Beverage Director Bill Norris shows us how to whip up Oscar-themed cocktails

"If it's liquid — and it's not soup — and Tim League owns it, I'm in charge of it," Bill Norris says.

You know that any hired gun of the Alamo Drafthouse is going to have a clever air about him, and Norris does not disappoint as the cinema chain's beverage director.

The Austin Food & Wine Festival recently tapped into Norris' libatious knowledge at Midnight Cowboy, also owned by League, and asked him to craft a few Oscar-themed cocktails in advance of Sunday's awards.

As expected, he delivers with three alluring recipes to make at home; but what's particularly great about the video, aside from getting your hands on a few of Midnight Cowboy's recipes, is that Norris slows his roll in order to demonstrate a step-by-step process for viewers to follow.

Cue up the video Sunday night for a better way to spend your time during those boring technical categories...

Without further ado, the beverages:

The White Pizzaz for the Beast of the Southern Wild
- Ingredients: Egg, Cognac, Green Chartreuse, Creme de Cacao, buttermilk, orange bitters

The Reluctant Saint for Lincoln
- Ingredients: Dry French Vermouth, Averna, Absinthe, Baked Apple Bitters, orange peel and cloves

The Gold Standard for Les Miserables
- Ingredients: French Gin, Strega, Gran Classico Bitters, Decanter Bitters, Orange Bitters, saffron infused honey syrup

Click through to the Austin Food & Wine Festival for the full recipes.