Sure, I may not have seen many of this year’s Academy Award nominated films, but there’s no reason to let kids keep us from celebrating Oscar night. Most kids are natural performers, after all — so invite some friends over, let the kids walk the red carpet (complete with parents-as-paparazzi, of course), and make some kid-friendly foods. Call it an Oscar Pre-Party (especially if you’re on the East Coast like us) and you can send the kids off to bed well before the good awards are handed out on television.
For this menu, I took my inspiration from the animated film nominees : A Cat in Paris, Rango, Puss in Boots, Chico & Rita, and Kung Fu Panda 2. Fortunately, they are set in some great food locations! The recipes below can be made by older kids, with supervision, and they’ll especially enjoy mixing up their own batch of mocktails.
Kid-Friendly Oscar Party Menu Mojito Mocktails (recipe below) Thomas Keller Gougères (Cheese Puffs) — A Cat in Paris (Une Vie de Chat) Nopales (Cactus) Salsa & Chips — Rango Camarones a la Mexicana con Aguacate (Shrimp-Avocado Tostadas) — Puss in Boots Mini Cuban Sandwiches – Chico & Rita Noodle Soup — Kung Fu Panda 2~ Recipe: Mojito MocktailsIngredients:
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn (plus extra for garnish)
1/2 cup coconut water
Prepare mint simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Boil, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, until sugar is completely dissolved. Add mint leaves, stir, and remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Strain into glass jar and let cool to room temperature. (Can make ahead and store in refrigerator.)
To make drinks: Juice one lime and divide juice evenly among four glasses. Add one mint leaf, 2 jiggers mint simple syrup, 2 jiggers coconut water and stir. Add ice cubes and top with seltzer. Garnish with lime slice and serve. Makes 4 mocktails, with plenty extra mint simple syrup for another round.