An Artistic Cocktail Inspired by Claude Monet's Painting
When the “Impressionists” first came on the scene in the early 1860s, what they were doing wasn’t even considered art by the current Powers That Be: the staid, stodgy, myopic Academy. Not only couldn’t they show their work in any gallery, but the general sentiment was that they were not even real artists. More like no-talent dilettantes who simply splashed paint on a canvas. It’s hard to believe that these people—whose work appears nowadays on ubiquitous calendars and coffee mugs and sells at auction for millions of dollars—were once considered radicals. Such is the fate of the trail-blazer, the pioneer, the one whose destiny is to go before all others. They stuck steadfastly to their belief in themselves, regardless of being cast as incomprehensible upstarts, of being grossly misunderstood, of being shunned.
Claude Monet painted “Impression, Sunrise” in 1872, and it is this singular work that gave birth to the name “Impressionism.” And in honor of trail-blazers everywhere (who always seem doomed to re-invent the wheel), and of this painting in particular, I created this new cocktail, inspired by its story and its beautiful colors.
IMPRESSION SUNRISE 1½ part Broker’s Gin* ½ part Blue Curaçao ½ part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur ½ part fresh-squeezed Lemon juice ½ part Schweppes Tonic Water dash of Fee Brothers Rhubarb bitters Shake everything but the Tonic Water over ice, then add the Tonic and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish by floating a round cut from a Mandarin Orange peel in the drink.
*I LOVE the Bowler hat!
The cocktail with the painting that inspired it: "Impression, Sunrise"
"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love." —Claude Monet