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Oz: The Great and Powerful Cocktail Pairings

Oz The Great And Powerful Movie Menu

Disney’s March 8 release of Oz: The Great and Powerful has me conflicted. On one hand, I can’t help but be sucked into the technicolor grandeur of the trailer, in which a tuxedo-clad James Franco is sent to the land of Oz to defeat the Wicked Witch. On the other hand, what new spin on the classic — that made Dorothy’s red slippers and Margaret Hamilton’s cackle immediately recognizable — could possibly out-do Wicked, the uber-musical centering around the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West? Unless James Franco turns green, belts a high F and flies through the air, this movie has its work cut out for it.

Nevertheless, as is the case with any movie that features flying monkeys, I’m interested — particularly as a perfect excuse to pair with-a-twist cocktails with the classic icons of Oz.

To start things off, this cocktail is sweet, light and a little bit dangerous — just like Glinda. Try this Glinda-inspired punch that will flirt and wink its way into your heart, and then knock you out with a Bourbon kick. Nice one, Glinda.

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A Cocktail: Your Crucial Ingredient to Summer Entertaining

You really can’t beat entertaining in the summertime.  It’s not fussy or complicated like having people over for the holidays or Thanksgiving — everyone just piles into the back yard, breaks open a beer and snacks on yummy side dishes while you get your grill on.

A missed opportunity is often in the cocktail arena. Never underestimate how easy it is to impress your guests by handing them a frosty, alcoholic beverage the moment they arrive with the potato salad. Make up a batch of something delicious ahead of time — like Chuck’s Tequila Lemonade (above) — and all you have to do is pour and garnish.

Here are my picks for the hottest cocktails this summer:

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