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?
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
- 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
I love this. A drink inspired by a place, a painting and a song, with a sense of history and context and presented in delightful glassware. I’m going to have to try it out. Great content!