Last week we took a “mini vacation” to Chicago

…and one of our stops was the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a truly incredible museum with an extensive collection of Impressionist art. (You may not know this, but Chris is a huge fan of Impressionism.) It was here we had a chance to see one of my favorite paintings of all time – “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.

This cocktail is inspired by Seurat’s painting.

The painting itself is set in a public park in Paris – and it shows the “high society” mingling alongside everyone else – children, sailors and (of course) even a monkey. This cocktail is meant to replicate that – by “mingling” very different ingredients in a glass to form something cohesive and wonderful. Plus – how could you commemorate a piece of Impressionist artwork without including Absinthe?

Side note:

The “unbalanced” sidecar is literally the cocktail that got Chris started playing with cocktail recipes and eventually making his own drinks – #ThrowbackThursday!

Afternoon in the Park

An herbal cocktail with a long finish - you’ll be sipping on this spirited cocktail for a long time.
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  • 1 1/2 oz Gin Tanqueray
  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth La Quintinye Vermouth Royal
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • 1 barspoon Agave Nectar
  • 1 piece Orange Peel For garnish


  • Add all ingredients (except garnish) to a mixing glass and stir with ice.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish with orange peel