Five Easy Popcorn and Booze Pairings

The Oscars are almost here, guys. And I know – they’ve got some major explaining to do this year. How it’s possible that there is absolutely no diversity in any of the top four categories two years in a row is insane to me, really. I’m looking forward to seeing what Chris Rock has to say about it when he hosts this year. No doubt he’ll turn a crappy situation into something we can at least all laugh at, and hopefully give the Academy something to reflect upon. Last year I don’t think I even watched the broadcast, as we were in Taiwan and I was incredibly sick with food poisoning. It was probably for the best. I don’t remember searching for any specific clips online the next day, like I did when Justin Bieber cried at the MTV Movie Awards or VMAs or whatever event it was. Either way, the Oscars are always a spectacular disaster, so for me, it’s not so much about seeing who wins, but rather, seeing who is looking stunning on the red carpet, who has one drink too many and says something ridiculous, and, of course, having an excuse to sit in front of my television, food and drink in hand, talking about movies with my friends. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to make this year, probably just a bunch of junk food, but you know that I’ll have plenty of popcorn. Everybody loves popcorn, and watching a movie really isn’t the same without it. I figured, why not help you guys out with a little boozy inspiration? I’ve got some delicious popcorn ideas below, like chili and lime popcorn, Parmesan, garlic, and black pepper popcorn, and smoky paprika popcorn, all with a suggested alcoholic beverage to pair them with. Bust out those tequila bottles, uncork some red wine, and throw some Prosecco on ice, because you’re about to get a little tipsy and stuff yourself to the brim with all kinds of popcorn. And don’t forget to pour one out if Leo loses (again). It’s okay, Leo, you can cry on my shoulder.

five easy popcorn and booze pairings

five easy popcorn and booze pairingsSmoky Paprika Popcorn pairs perfectly with an ice cold beer. I threw in some powdered blue cheese for extra umami goodness, but of course, you can omit this, or even just use the classic shaker of Parmesan cheese for a similar effect. This is a judgment-free zone, guys.

five easy popcorn and booze pairingsParmesan, Garlic, & Black Pepper Popcorn begs to be eaten alongside a glass of bold red wine. You know, because you’re classy like that.

five easy popcorn and booze pairingsCaramel Corn goes shockingly well with a simple glass of bourbon – neat or on the rocks, dealer’s choice. I’ll admit I bought this popcorn. I tried to make caramel corn years ago, burned the pot, and had to throw it away. Maybe I’ll try again soon. Until then, I’ve heard this recipe is top notch.

five easy popcorn and booze pairingsLime & Chili Popcorn may have been my favorite of the bunch. Maybe it’s because I l-o-v-e tequila, maybe it’s because the lime adds a really nice brightness to otherwise salty popcorn, I’m not sure. I do know that my friend Jeena came by to sample all of my popcorn offerings and agreed that this was her favorite, too.

five easy popcorn and booze pairingsPlain Ol’ Popcorn pairs best with plain ol’ Processo. Not that Processo is plain, but you know, there’s nothing really to do here. Microwave the popcorn and put it in a bowl, then pour yourself a glass of bubbly and enjoy. I guess you could get really fancy and bust out the Champagne, but I’m on a budget, so I think Prosecco is just as good. Cheers!

Five Easy Popcorn and Booze Pairings
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Three simple ways to dress up a regular ol' bag of popcorn.
Ingredients
For the Smoky Paprika Popcorn:
  • 3.5 ounce bag of popcorn, popped according to package directions
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon powdered blue cheese (optional, but delicious)
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
For the Parmesan, Garlic, & Black Pepper Popcorn:
  • 3.5 ounce bag of popcorn, popped according to package directions
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • kosher salt, for sprinkling
For the Lime & Chili Popcorn:
  • 3.5 ounce bag of popcorn, popped according to package directions
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
For the Smoky Paprika Popcorn:
  1. Pop your popcorn according to the package directions. Carefully open the bag so that you don't burn yourself with the steam, and set aside to cool slightly. In a small bowl, mix together your salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, blue cheese powder, and thyme leaves. Sprinkle about half of the mixture into the bag, hold it closed, and shake. Repeat with ¼ of the remaining mixture. Pour the popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle the rest of the seasoning on top. Garnish with a few additional thyme leaves, if you like. Serve with an ice-cold beer.
For the Parmesan, Garlic, & Black Pepper Popcorn:
  1. Pop your popcorn according to the package directions. Carefully open the bag so that you don't burn yourself with the steam, and set aside to cool slightly. In a bowl, combine your grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Add about ½ of the mixture to your popcorn in the bag, hold it shut, and shake. Repeat with ¼ of the remaining mixture. Pour the popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle the rest of the seasoning on top. Garnish with a little extra cheese and pepper, if you like. Serve with a glass of red wine.
For the Lime & Chili Popcorn:
  1. Pop your popcorn according to the package directions. Carefully open the bag so that you don't burn yourself with the steam, and set aside to cool slightly. Add about half of your popcorn to a large bowl, pour your lime juice in, toss, and then add in the rest of your popcorn and toss again. Toss with the lime zest, chili powder, and salt. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with a cold shot of tequila and a lime, or, alternatively, a margarita.

 

9 Responses

  1. Love these! The Parmesan/garlic/black pepper, especially, is right up my alley.

  2. Jane says:

    It’s okay, next year there will be a few affirmative-action Oscar nominees to soothe your liberal feelings. Fear not. Because skin color is the most important thing.

    • Sydney says:

      I’m going to leave this racist comment here so that people can see that you’re a part of the problem. Kudos for making that known publicly on the internet.

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  5. I’m a caramel corn kinda gal. I even like the cheese/caramel corn combo. So I can totally get behind the bourbon caramel corn situation. Yes, ma’am!

  6. Margo says:

    Hi Sydney,
    Where do you find powdered blue cheese? I’ve never heard of it before, sounds LOVELY. Thanks! Margo

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