Recreate Specialty Cocktails Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe PaintingsWant to put your inner bartender to the test?
Check out these cool specialty cocktails inspired by O’Keeffe’s subjects and color palette, as well as the artists she’s influenced. From October 13th, 2018 - January 20th, 2019, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh opened a new exhibition called “The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art.” They challenged restaurants in the city to create these drinks. Here are 5 of the cocktail recipes and the paintings that they're inspired from.
1. Sedano Fiore, inspired by Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932)
Pizzeria Toro, 105 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham
2 oz Uncle Vals Botanical Gin
½ oz celery/pepper juice (blend, run through cheese cloth)
Capful of Luxardo
1 oz lime juice
One pretty, edible flower of your choosing
Build in shaker over ice, stir, strain in martini glass, and add flower.
2. The Sand Hills, inspired by Small Purple Hills (1934)
Littler, 110 East Parrish Street, Durham
1 oz Ardbeg 10 Scotch
1 oz Auchentoshen Scotch
1 oz Antica Vermouth
¼ oz luxardo
½ oz cherry syrup
½ oz blood orange puree
Brandied rainier cherry
Add all ingredients to a shaker glass with ice. Shake and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a brandied rainier cherry and orange peel.
3. The Beyond, inspired by Petunias (1925)
Iris Restaurant, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
1½ oz gin
1 oz lemon juice
½ oz homemade lavender syrup
Garnish: lemon slice or lavender sprigs
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in gin, then lemon juice, then lavender syrup. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with slice of lemon.
¼ cup dried lavender
½ cup sugar
½ cup plus 3 tablespoons water
In a small saucepan, add half a cup water and lavender. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard flowers, leaving a lavender liquid. In a separate saucepan, add sugar and 3 tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 4–5 minutes and then stir in the lavender liquid. Whisk until combined. Remove from heat and transfer to storage container until ready to use.
4. Datura, inspired by Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932)
Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh
1½ oz Skyy Peach vodka
½ oz Vida mezcal
1 oz aloe juice
¾ oz St. Germain
½ oz lemon juice
3 dashes Crude bitters grapefruit/peppercorn
Mandolin Farm egg white
Mix all ingredients. Dry shake to emulsify. Add 4 ounces of crushed ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into coupe. Add aloe garnish.
5. Yellow Valley, inspired by Yellow Mountains (2016) by Loie Hollowell
Hummingbird, 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 111, Raleigh
1½ oz Reposado tequila
1 oz Amontillado sherry
½ oz St. Elder Liqueur
1 barspoon agave nectar
Stir all ingredients together with ice, pour into chilled coupe. Express oils on top from grapefruit peel. Garnish with Nasturtium or other edible flower.
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