5 Recipes to Spice Up Your Gay Oscars Party

The Academy Awards ceremony is this weekend. And for the LGBT community, this gala is much more than an awards ceremony. Hollywood's biggest night celebrates everything the gays hold dear: creativity, celebrity, and a healthy dose of competitive drama.

Oscar night is also an opportunity for queer people to come together. After all, viewing parties are the equivalent of straight America's Super Bowl parties. Beer and chicken wings might go over fine at both, but when hosting, it's always a treat to impress guests.

For tips on throwing a fabulous fête, The Advocate's editors turned to Susan Feniger, the famed lesbian restauranteur known for her popular Los Angeles establishment, Border Grill, which she helms with Mary Sue Milliken.

Below, Feniger and Milliken shared a few recipes to spice up your Oscars festivities. And don't miss her, and many other talented food and wine vendors, at Simply diVine, a fundraiser for the Los Angeles LGBT Center at Hollywood Forever on Saturday, March 24.

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Border Grill Margarita

Almost as many legends surround Mexico’s most popular mixed drink, the margarita, as there are needles on a cactus paddle. Our favorite story credits Mexican hotelier and restaurateur Danny Herrara with mixing up the first margarita in the 1940s when a visiting American actress named Marjorie (or Margaret, as he heard it) was “allergic” to straight tequila.

Serves 1

4 lime slices
Margarita salt or coarse kosher salt
2 ounces añejo tequila
1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup ice cubes

Arrange 3 lime slices to cover a small plate, and cover another plate with salt to a depth of 1/4 inch. Place a martini glass upside down on the limes; press and turn to dampen. Then dip the glass in the salt to coat the rim.

Combine the tequila, orange liqueur, lime and lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into the prepared glass, garnish with the remaining lime slice, and serve.

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